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Kegler's Connection

   September 27, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. AMF Bowlathon to Benefit Victims
       4. Telecast Schedule
       5. Senior Rolls 890 Series
       6. YABA Gains Members While ABC/WIBC Slip in 2000-2001
       7. ABC/WIBC Certify 6,309 Centers, 128,836 Lanes during 2000-01 Season
       8. ABC/WIBC/YABA: Another Record Award Season
USA Bowling/Team USA News
       9. TEAM USA Entrants Named for Upcoming International Events
       10. Opportunities Still Available to Compete for TEAM USA 2002
 World Team Challenge News:
       11. Melbourne, FL Event Results
 Miscellaneous News:
       12. New Bowling Record Set in California
       13. Stock Watch
       14. Cool Topics
       15. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest issue of Kegler's Connection.   In this week's issue, you'll read about the World Team Challenge winners from Florida's event, where Team USA will be going, a new Guiness World Book record for bowling, and George talks about when to use new techniques.
2. Tip of the Week

This week George, talks about when to use new techniques.

We all know that there are many diffrent techniques to throwing a bowling ball. For many intermediate and advanced bowlers, that means learning new things constantly. Since bowling is an ever changing sport, you need to stay on top of all the changes that occur in the game.

Practice is the best way to master any new technique. By doing the same things over and over again in practice, you can carry them over in competition when you get a good handle on them. However, it is important to know when to try to incorporate something new into your game, and when to leave it alone.

When you are just starting out learning something new, you naturally are not going to be very proficient at it at first. Therefore, trying something you just started learning in a league or tournament may not be the best idea. Your muscles have not adjusted to the new motions yet, and thus they will not be able to perform as well in a game type situation. A good rule of thumb is to leave trying new things in practice, and when you feel confident in being able to do it reasonably consistently, then you can turn it loose in competition.

Getting the motions down during practice will help you be able to get it right when you need it in competition.

Take care,
George Freeman

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3. AMF Bowlathon to Benefit Victims

RICHMOND, VA -- AMF will sponsor a national bowl-a-thon on Oct. 7 to raise money for the benefit of New York City Firefighters, Police, and Rescue Workers.  AMF's fundraising goal is to raise more than $3 million.

100% of the money contributed will go to the Twin Towers Fund to assist the families of the heroic firefighters, police, and rescue workers who died or were injured as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11.  AMF will donate all bowling games, rental shoes, and administrative costs.

AMF's 400 U.S. bowling centers are working now to recruit bowlers for the event.  The goal is to fill the company's 16,000 lanes nationwide with four people on each lane donating at least $50 apiece.

To sign up for the event, individuals and businesses that would like to participate should call or visit their local AMF bowling center.  The locations and phone numbers of all AMF U.S. centers are available in the bowling centers section on the company's Internet site at:
4. Telecast Schedule

Both the PBA and the PWBA are on the road, and the finals are being telecast this month.

PBA Greater Nashville Open, Live from Strike and Spare Family Fun Center in Hendersonville, TN On ESPN: Tuesday, 10/02/2001 at 08:00-09:30 PM ET

Jacksonville Open - Previously recorded in Jacksonville, FL. On ESPN2, 10/01/2001 at 08:00-9:00 PM ET Rebroadcast on ESPN2, 10/07/2001 at 05:00-06:00 AM ET

Be sure to check for any changes and more bowling related shows:
5. Senior Rolls 890 Series

Milwaukee's Don Markgraf turned in the highest series in American Bowling Congress history by a senior bowler with 890.

The 71-year-old Markgraf had 290, 300 and 300 games Aug. 27 in the Deusters Lanes Monday Senior League. That topped the 877 rolled by Ed Tomek, 62, in Avon Park, Fla., in 1993.

Markgraf fell just short of becoming the oldest bowler to roll consecutive 300 games. ABC Hall of Famer Bill Bunetta achieved the feat at age 76 in 1995.
6. YABA Gains Members While ABC/WIBC Slip in 2000-2001

Membership in American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress and Young American Bowling Alliance sanctioned leagues reached 3,553,409 in the 2000-01 season which ended July 31.

ABC had the most members of the three groups with 1,767,096. WIBC was next with 1,373,249 and YABA 413,064.

YABA was the only group to feature an increase as its 2000-01 membership was 3,599 more than the 409,465 of the 1999-2000 season.

ABC was 5.3 percent below its 2000-01 figures of 1,866,023. WIBC was 7.3 percent lower than the previous season's membership of 1,481,163.  Membership overall declined 5.4 percent from the 3,756,651 of 1999-2000.

ABC members competed in 68,244 leagues, WIBC members in 67,932 and YABA members in 17,821.  Nearly three-quarters of ABC and WIBC members participated in mixed leagues.

Michigan again led all states in overall membership with 318,058 members (157,108 ABC, 130,969 WIBC and 29,981 YABA). Ohio was second with 252,217 members (127,056 ABC, 95,277 WIBC and 29,884 YABA) and New York third with 251,470 (129,457 ABC, 88,108 WIBC, 33,905 YABA). Michigan had the most ABC and WIBC members of any state while New York was number one for YABA.

Locally, Detroit again had the most members with 112,070 (60,159 ABC, 40,472 WIBC and 11,439 YABA).

Is YABA is doing something right or is it simply a push to put kids in a lot of activities? Give your opinion at:
7. ABC/WIBC Certify 6,309 Centers, 128,836 Lanes during 2000-01 Season

The American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress certified 6,309 bowling centers and 128,836 lanes during the 2000-01 season. Included were 6,022 centers and 123,444 lanes in the United States.  The remaining 287 centers and 5,392 lanes were in Canada, Puerto Rico, and on U.S. military bases worldwide.

The figures were down slightly from the previous season in which there were 6,560 centers and 130,655 lanes overall with 6,247 centers and 125,241 lanes in the U.S.

Centers in the United States averaged nearly 20.5 lanes while overall centers averaged 20.4 lanes.

Pennsylvania held onto its number one position among states, with 429 centers.  New York remained next with 416.  Wisconsin was third with 394.

New York remained atop in lanes with 9,129.  Michigan was number two with 8,670; while Ohio was third with 8,619.
8. ABC/WIBC/YABA: Another Record Award Season

Members of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, and Young American Bowling Alliance once again were rewarded in record numbers for their on-lane achievements in the 2000-01 season.

The organizations' more than 3.5 million members combined to earn 43,431 awards for 300 games, 18,750 for 299 games, 7,303 for 298 games and 11,928 for 800 series. All were approved between Aug. 1, 2000 and July 31, 2001.

The seasonal totals were up from 41,473 300s, 18,000 299s, 6,835 298s and 10,683 800s from the 1999-2000 season.

ABC members again had most of the honor score awards. They rolled 41,303 of the 300s, 17,858 of the 299s, 6,907 of the 298s and 11,519 of the 800s.  For WIBC members, the numbers were 915, 455, 213 and 141 and YABA members had 1,213, 437, 183 and 268, respectively.

See the accompanying chart for the breakdowns by organization of these and other selected 2000-01 awards.

2000-01 Awards
                            ABC        WIBC         YABA
300 games            41,303            915        1,213
299 games            17,858            455        437
298 games            6,907            213        183
800 series            11,519            141        268
700 series            248,209        6,293        *495
Triplicates        13,927            9,078        3,104
Big Four Split        4,733            1,027        370
7-10 Splits        4,835            659        377
All-Spare Games    8,354            6,641        404
Dutch 200 Games    6,956            943        301
100 Over Game    52,242            12,757        9,018
11 Strikes in Row    29,115            660             NA

*Honor score recognition for girls only
9. TEAM USA Entrants Named for Upcoming International Events

Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio, and Scott Norton, Fullerton, Calif., will represent the United States in the 37th annual AMF World Cup slated Nov. 2-11 in Pattaya, Thailand. They will be accompanied by coach Palmer Fallgren.

Half a world away in Buenos Aires, Argentina, their TEAM USA teammates will be competing in the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships.

Scheduled to compete there Nov. 1-12 are Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa; Dino Castillo, Irving, Texas; Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio; Derwin Pitre, Brigham City, Utah; Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb.; Michael Mullin, New City, N.Y.; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, Calif.; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla.; and Lisa Stack, South Elgin, Ill.

TEAM USA head coach Fred Borden and assistant Jeri Edwards will be with the FIQ group.

For more information, visit:
10. Opportunities Still Available to Compete for TEAM USA 2002

Bowlers unable to compete in their USA Bowling State Amateur Championships can still try out for TEAM USA 2002.

Direct buy-ins into the USA Bowling National Amateur Championships Dec. 9-14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., are available for $350. Anyone who competed in the state championships but didn't advance to the nationals can enter for $250.

Entry deadline is Oct. 20. For more information, contact USA Bowling at (719) 636-2695 or by e-mail at [email protected].
11. Melbourne, FL WTC Event Results

Ironically, its team name had nothing to do with the national tragedy of a few days earlier, but "an omen" may have led Team Vengeance from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifying tournament championship Sept. 16 at Brunswick Brevard Lanes in Melbourne, Fla.

BWTC veteran Storm DeVincent and teammates Mike Roberts, Matt Gillman, Chris Loschetter, and Chris Collins disposed of top qualifier Top of the Line Pool Service, Clearwater, Fla., 387-334, in the two-game Baker System title match to collect $3,475 in cash plus airline tickets and lodging for the BWTC Grand Championship Nov. 5-7 at the Castaways Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The champions also earned Keepsake rings and a sponsor's trophy.

Vengeance's prize total includes $975 for qualifying third, $1,500 for first place and a $1,000 champions' bonus. Top of the Line (Ed Perry, Tom Milton, Scott Howard, Kent Wagner, and James Campbell) collected $2,300 including $1,150 for qualifying second and $1,150 for second overall. Kegel Training Center (Darin Fitzsimmons, Doug Becker, Jeff Fehr, Larry Barwick, and Sam Zurich) won $2,475, including $1,500 as top qualifier and $975 for third overall.

For more information on this event, visit:

The final two of 15 qualifying tournaments for the BWTC Grand Championship are scheduled for Sept. 29-30 at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill., and Oct. 13-14 at ABC West Lanes in Mechanicsburg, PA For entry information, call Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415, or visit:
12. New Bowling Record Set in California

The Guinness world record for marathon bowling has officially changed thanks to Lawrence Jackson.

The Beale (Calif.) Air Force Base staff sergeant bowled for 38 hours and two minutes at Beale Lanes. That broke the previous record of 30 hours, 48 minutes by Thomas Becker of Littleton, Colo., at the 2000 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Jackson completed 138 games during his marathon, averaging 171.33. Becker rolled 221 games, averaging 136.
13. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.05 on 09/25/01 at 16:01 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 15.80 on 09/25/01 at 16:01 EDT.

Confirm all data with your broker or financial advisor before trading.
14. Cool Topics

The Message Board Community is the ultimate resource for bowling fans thanks to its 1,551 members!

Here is what's hot or makes for interesting discussion this week:

Sand bagging
What can be done about sand bagging villains?

How About Some Refreshing League Format Ideas?
Bowl in a uniquely formatted league? Have an idea for one, share it.

YABA Membership Increases During 2000-2001 Season
Is YABA is doing something right or is it simply a push to put kids in a lot of activities?

YABA Parents
Should parents of YABA bowlers be allowed to run the league or be the director of the tournament?
15. And Finally

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