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Kegler's Connection

   September 10, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Vote for Bowling
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Airs Monday/Thursday
     ~ ESPN to Air Entire PWBA 2001 Tour
     ~ Aleta Sill BWAA Bowler for August
     ~ Parker Bohn Named to PBA Hall of Fame
     ~ PBA Spare Shots
     ~ YABA Stars
     ~ Nickelodeon GAS Network to Air Two-Hour Bowling Program
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Bowling Shirt Links
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
Now that leagues are in full swing, this week's Kegler's Connection will keep you informed of the latest bowling news, give you tips to help with your game, and show you the hottest bowling sites on the Web.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George suggests packing some essentials in the bag.

With winter leagues starting, many people have got new equipment (balls, shoes...). There are other things that any bowler, whether they are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, should have in their bag of tricks:

1. Bowling Shoe Cover: Most pro shops sell these, and they can be very useful, especially if you want to walk to the snack bar or front desk in between shots. What are they? A protective slip that goes over your bowling shoes, protecting them from spilled drinks, candy, or any other hazards that find themselves on the floor. I'd recommend getting one for each foot, but if you just put one over your slide foot, that is okay too.

2. Bowling Tape/ Sandpaper: Hands fluctuate in size everyday, so having sandpaper in your bag to work the thumbholes to get wider, and bowling tape to snug them up is essential to ensure a good fit. If the thumbhole is too small, you will be hanging up in the ball, and generating loft you don't want. If the thumbhole is too big, you will be squeezing harder than you should to hold onto the ball, thus muscling your swing. A good-fitting thumb is essential to a good shot.

3. Bowling Towel: This in kind of a no brainer, but I figure I'd put it in to be thorough It is a good idea to wipe excess oil and residue from the ball surface to get a better grip for your bowling ball to the lane surface.

4. Rosin Bag: Having a rosin bag can help keep your hands dry, thus further ensuring a true grip on the bowling ball. Most pros use them, and you should too.

This is no way is a complete list, but it should give you an idea where to start. Having a "bag of tricks" in your bowling bag will help you get ahead of the game.

Till next time,

***** Vote for Bowling *****
The Washington Post continues to secure votes in an unscientific poll asking what sport readers would like to see added to the 2004 Athens Olympic games. Bowling is currently far behind Ultimate Frisbee. If you'd like to cast your vote, the site is

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Greater Orlando Classic *****
The Greater Orlando Classic airs Monday, September 11 at 8 pm ET with a reair Thursday, September 14 at 1 pm ET. Appearing on the telecast will be

Cara Honeychurch
Dede Davidson
Anne Marie Duggan
Wendy Macpherson
Kim Adler

If you don't mind knowing who won before it airs, visit

***** ESPN to Air Entire PWBA 2001 Tour *****
The Professional Women's Bowling Association announced that an agreement has been reached with ESPN2 for the year 2001. The entire 23-week PWBA schedule will be broadcast on ESPN2 including the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament.

"This is the earliest we have reached an agreement in years," said PWBA President John Falzone. "It's great, our host bowling centers and sponsors now have time to promote, and our first 12 events are almost all scheduled," he added.

Read the entire story at

***** Aleta Sill BWAA Bowler for June *****
Aleta Sill was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for August by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Dan Glus announced.

Sill, the 37-year-old left-hander from Dearborn, Mich., earned her 31st national title with a 217-205 conquest of top seed and fellow Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., at the PWBA Greater Atlanta Open in Marietta, Ga. Sill's victory places her only one title behind all-time national titlist Lisa Wagner, Bradenton, Fla.

Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., who captured her third championship of the year at the Lady Ebonite Classic in Louisville, Ky., was runner-up in the BWAA balloting.

Visit BWAA's web site at

***** PBA Named to PBA Hall of Fame *****
Parker Bohn III was named on 85% of the PBA ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame on his first year on the ballot. The Induction Dinner will take place Thursday, November 2nd, as a prelude to the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions.

For more information, visit

***** PBA Spare Shots *****
PBA Spare Shots has several features this week including ones on Walter Ray Williams's quest for a seventh World Horseshoe Pitching Championship, Brian Voss and Bob Learn's exhibition tour through Europe, and Larry Lichstein's attempt at Senior Rookie of the Year.

Find these stories at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News *****
***** YABA Stars *****
YABA salutes bowlers with 800 and 700 series as well as 300, 299, 298 and other honor scores. Find bowlers from your area by visiting

***** Nickelodeon GAS Network to Air Bowling *****
Nickelodeon GAS: Games and Sports for Kids, the new network from Nickelodeon that celebrates the games and sports that all kids love to play, will air selected highlights from the BPAA International Family Tournament 2000 on Sunday, September 10, it was announced by Nickelodeon GAS and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. This year's BPAA's International Family Tournament, where family teams competed for scholarship dollars, was held at The Main Event Entertainment Center in Lewisville, Texas, on Aug. 11 and 12, 2000. Hosted by Vivianne Collins of Nickelodeon GAS, this year's tournament highlights will air on Nickelodeon GAS on Sept. 10 from 8-10 pm ET and 12-2 am ET, as well as on the Nick GAS programming block featured on Nickelodeon from 2-4 pm ET.

For more information, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 1/4 at 16:03 EDT on 09/08/2000
Brunswick (BC) 19 5/16 at 16:02 EDT on 09/08/2000

***** Bowling Shirt Links *****
Been looking for very cool bowling attire for on the lanes or off? Here's a few of the more unusual (not just polos) and retro looking shirts we've found.

Retro bowling shirts can be found at

The Warner Bros. Studio Store has stores in malls around the country, or you can find the bowling shirts online at the following link:

Disney is a huge corporation, and apparently they have huge URLs as well. Visit this link for their retro bowling shirts: click here

Women bowlers who don't want to wear men's shirts might want to try Carolyn's Collection from

*** And Finally ***
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