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Kegler's Connection

   September 18, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Special Chat
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Airs Monday/Thursday
     ~ Bohn Makes It 3 in a Row in Japan Cup
     ~ Additional $50,000 Bonus Prize Fund at ABC Tournament
     ~ Record Pace Set for Awards
     ~ Membership Decline Slowest in a Decade
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Pro Bowler Sites
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome *****
This week's issue highlights a special chat for those who might want some help setting up a stat tracker to document your progress in leagues, Japan Cup results, and the new reporting of stock prices (no more fractions).

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week George talks about Trust.

Trust Yourself

With every shot thrown in league, oil gets moved on the lane. "Carry down," the result of bowling balls pushing oil down the lane with every shot, will cause the ball to go longer and longer before hooking into the pocket. Lanes also "break down," when oil gets taken away after so many shots, causing your ball to hook more, or get a less reliable reaction on the lane surface. With these things in mind, it is important to know when the lanes are changing, and when to move with them.

The first thing that you have to do when you see a different reaction to the way your ball reacts is to realize whether or not you made a good shot. If you adjust off of a bad shot, it will give you a false read of the lane. Then you'll try to adjust again, and end up just confusing yourself. You have to be honest with yourself, if you know in your heart that you made a good shot, you have to change your alignment. Some bowlers are timid when it comes to making adjustments, and they end up doing it too late, usually costing them an open frame from a split they left because the ball was breaking sharper and sharper into the pocket until it went right through the nose.

How do you trust yourself? Practice. You have to know your game. You have to trust yourself and your game to know if you are throwing the ball well, then you have to have the courage to make changes to your game when you see the ball reacting differently. With the new power monster bowling balls on the market, it makes it that much tougher, because they eat oil off of the lanes that much quicker. Next week I'll give some tips on how to adjust to certain changing conditions. Till then, trust yourself :)

George Freeman

***** Special Chat *****
The Bowling Forum presents a special chat this Thursday, September 21 at 9 pm ET. The creator of Bowling Stat Tracker, our very own Rerack, will be holding a Q & A for bowlers who'd like to start keeping track of their progress this season.

(XLS) Bowling Stat Tracker v2.1 (On AOL Only) is found in the Bowling Library (On AOL Only) And the chat will be held in our regular chat room, located here: Bowling Chat (On AOL Only)

***** PBA/PWBA News *****
***** PWBA to Air Monday/Thursday *****
ESPN2 will air the PWBA Paula Carter Classic twice this week--first, on Monday, September 18 at 8 pm ET, and again on Thursday, September 21 at 1 pm ET. Appearing this week's telecast will be

1. Michelle Feldman
2. Wendy Macpherson
3. Tiffany Stanbrough
4. Debbie McMullen
5. Kendra Cameron

During the fourth round of matchplay, Kim Terrell and Michelle Feldman made history, both shooting 300s. For the entire story, visit

***** Bohn Makes It 3 in a Row in Japan Cup *****
Reigning Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Player of the Year Parker Bohn III completed a successful "three-peat" as he won his third consecutive (and fourth overall) Oronamin C Japan Cup at Tokyo Port Bowl Sunday afternoon.

Rounding out the top six are
1. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 235 (1 game) $50,000
2. Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, Tokyo 615 (3 games) 25,000
3. Chris Barnes, Wichita, Kan. 194 (1 game) 14,000
4. Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 397 (2 games) 11,000
5. Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md. 450 (2 games) 8,500
6. Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y. 208 (1 game) 7,000

PLAYOFF RESULTS--Criss defeated Shafer, 247-208; Miller defeated Criss, 213-203; Sadamatsu defeated Miller, 213-184; Sadamatsu defeated Barnes, 196-194; and in the championship match, Bohn defeated Sadamatsu, 235-206

The entire story can be found at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** Additional $50,000 Bonus Prize Fund at ABC Tournament *****
Bowlers putting teams together for the 2001 ABC Championship Tournament in Reno have an added incentive: $50,000 in added prize money for teams with four new players. To qualify, the four members must NOT have competed in Albuquerque this year. For more information, visit

***** Record Pace Set for Awards *****
ABC, WIBC, and YABA bowlers qualified for more awards in 1999-2000 than in any other season. Read the entire story at

***** Membership Decline Slowest in a Decade *****
ABC, WIBC, and YABA membership numbers for 1999-20000 come with a "good news, bad news" twist. The bad news is that membership continues to decline, but the good news is that the decline is the smallest it's been in a decade.

Read the entire article at

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
Note: the New York Stock Exchange is now reporting stock prices as decimals.

AMF (PIN) .25 at 16:03 EDT on 09/15/00.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 20.3125 at 16:01 EDT on 09/15/00.

***** Pro Bowler Sites *****
With both PBA and PWBA events going on at the same time, this week we're highlighting the official web sites of the PBA and PWBA pros.

From the PWBA:
Marianne DiRupo:
Wendy Macpherson:
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard:

From the PBA:
Parker Bohn III:
Chris Barnes:

Many of the sites offer fan clubs, contests, and other information on your favorite pros.

***** And Finally *****
Look for details next issue about our chat with Team USA. Sydney has the Olympics but we've got the best amateurs in our sport right where you can talk to them.

If you have story ideas or press releases you'd like to see in Kegler's Connection, please send them to [email protected].

Have a great week!

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