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Kegler's Connection

   October 17, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. Telecast Schedule
 BWAA News:
       4. Liz Johnson Bowler of the Month
       5. Scoring Leaders for 2000-2001 Listed
       6. No Single Membership Presented in 2002
       7. Ebonite Quasar Not Approved for Sanctioned Play
       8. New Rules, Lane Conditions for WIBC Queens and Senior Queens
       9. Storm Renews Sponsorship for Senior Queens
       10. Nine Cities Bid for 2008
 World Cup News
       11. Dick Weber to do Color Commentary
 USA Bowling/Team USA News
       12. Entry deadline for U.S. Amateur Championships Extended
 World Team Challenge News:
       13. Springfield's Bowlers World Pro Shop Victorious in Vernon Hills
       14. Mechanicsburg, PA Event Results; Final Field Set
 Miscellaneous News:
       15. Tom Clark's Weekly Bowling Column
       16. Stock Watch
       17. Cool Topics
       18. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest issue of Kegler's Connection.   In this week's issue, you'll read about the last World Team Challenge winners and the final field, where to find the record scorers for the 2000-2001 season, why there will be no United States Bowling Association (single membership) plan presented at the 2002 conventions, changes in the WIBC Queens and Senior Queens, and George talks about dealing with luck.  
2. Tip of the Week

This week George, talks about dealing with luck

For those who watched the PBA telecast a couple of weeks ago, you got a good look at players dealing with luck, good and bad.  Chris Barnes and Mike Scroggins were bowling for the title in a close match.  Barnes threw a shot that went right through the beak (or head pin), and got a strike.  The next shot to clinch the title, he throws almost perfectly, but leaves the 6-7 split.  Fortune smiles, then betrays.  Mike Scroggins had a chance to clinch the title, throws a great shot, and leaves a 7 pin.  Barnes wins.

That is what physically happened.  But what was going on in their heads?  The important thing for any serious bowler to keep in mind is that there is always an element of luck in bowling.  Sometimes the best thrown shots do not strike, sometimes your opponent is hitting everywhere but the pocket and knocking all the pins down, or breaking up splits that you are leaving.  When the chips seem stacked against you, how you deal with that internally many times affects how you approach your next shot.

If you watch the telecast, you'll notice that many of the pros don't even watch their opponent bowling.  After all, this isn't football or tennis, where your actions directly affect your opponent's.  Bowling is a game of you against a lane and ten pins, and for many people, watching another bowler get lucky can disrupt their game.  So if you tend to get too wrapped up in what the other guy is doing, just don't watch.

It's also important to keep a level head when your opponent gets unlucky.  When Barnes left the pocket split, it would have been very easy for Scroggins to let too psyched up, and let loose with an errant shot.  He was able to keep his emotions in check, and make a good shot.  He didn't get the win of course, but he put himself in a position to have the opportunity.  And in a game like bowling, sometimes that is all you can ask for.

Both Barnes and Scroggins are first-rate competitors, and they proved it in just two frames worth of bowling at the end of the tournament.  It may not have been plainly evident, but we were watching bowling at its best.

Till next time,

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3. Telecast Schedule

Both the PBA and the PWBA are on the road, and the finals are being telecast this month.  The Seniors are on the road, but are not televised at this time.

Three Rivers Open - Previously recorded in Pittsburgh, PA .
     On ESPN2, 10/22/2001 at 08:00-9:00 PM ET
     Rebroadcast on ESPN2, 10/27/2001 at 02:00-03:00 AM ET

PBA Greater Detroit Open, Live from Taylor Lanes in Taylor, MI
     On ESPN: Tuesday, 10/23/2001 at 08:00-09:30 PM ET

Hammer Players Championship - Previously recorded in Rockford, IL.
     On ESPN2, 10/29/2001 at 08:00-9:00 PM ET
     Rebroadcast on ESPN2, 10/30/2001 at 07:00-08:00 AM ET

PBA Johnny Petraglia Open, Live from Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, NJ
     On ESPN: Tuesday, 10/30/2001 at 08:00-09:30 PM ET

PBA Greater Cincinnati Classic, Live from Super Bowl in Erlanger, KY
     On ESPN: Sunday, 11/11/2001 at 05:00-06:30 PM ET

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4. Liz Johnson BWAA Bowler of the Month

Liz Johnson was selected Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for September.  Johnson, a 27-year-old right-hander from Cheektowaga, N.Y., last month won consecutive Professional Women's Bowling Association events in Florida at the Foundation Games V Championships in Sebring and the Paula Carter Classic in Davie, where she tossed a perfect game in the deciding contest to win her ninth career PWBA title and third of 2001.  The following week, Johnson again qualified for the championship round, placing fourth at the Storm Challenge in Cape Coral, Fla. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, was a distant runner-up in the balloting.
5. Scoring Leaders for 2000-2001 Listed

Want to know what the highest two-person team game was last season?  Well, now you'll have your choice--was it a mixed team, two men, or two women?  Find out how your best last season matched up to the best in ABC, WIBC, and YABA.  You can find all the leaders by visiting

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6. No Single Membership Presented in 2002

The United States Bowling Association Structure and Transition Ad Hoc Committees studying the possible consolidation of major amateur bowling organizations are nearing completion of their work. Although the committees were working toward completion of a comprehensive proposal for presentation to the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance, Bowling Inc., and USA Bowling boards of directors this fall, Structure Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chair Mitch Mitchell explained the decision to present only an interim report at this time.

"The Committee agreed from the beginning that only a thoroughly-developed proposal would be presented to the boards for action," Mitchell stated, "We're almost there, but we have significant areas that still need extensive discussion."

It will be at least fall 2002 before the detailed proposal would be presented to the boards and 2003 before action could be taken by ABC and WIBC convention delegates.

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7. Ebonite Quasar Not Approved for Sanctioned Play

The American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress have not approved the Ebonite Quasar bowling ball.  That decision means the ball cannot legally be used in ABC, WIBC, or YABA sanctioned competition.

The ball failed to satisfy approval specifications because it contains metal and a moveable object.  The Quasar contains batteries which enable the ball to blink when it hits the lane.

Contrary to some reports, the ball never was considered approved by ABC and WIBC.  Ebonite was allowed to appeal to the ABC/WIBC Equipment Specifications Committee, which agreed with the initial decision to reject the ball.
8. Rules and Lane Condition Changes Announced for WIBC Queens and Senior Queens

The Women's International Bowling Congress announced two new rules have been added for the WIBC Queens and Senior Queens Tournaments.

WIBC also announced the use of Sport Bowling lane conditions in both tournaments. The additions will take effect starting with the 2002 tournaments scheduled May 6-10 in Milwaukee.

First among the rule changes is a new entry deadline of 6 p.m. (CDT) May 5 for both tournaments. Previously, bowlers had been allowed to submit entries until approximately one hour before the start of each tournament.

The second new rule states that during competition players may not accept coaching by representatives of bowling ball manufacturers. Competition begins with practice during qualifying, match play and the finals.

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9. Storm Renews Sponsorship for the 2002 WIBC Senior Queens Tournament in Milwaukee

The Women's International Bowling Congress has announced that Storm Products Inc. has renewed its agreement to sponsor the 2002 WIBC Senior Queens Tournament scheduled for May 6-10 in Milwaukee.

Storm will be entering its third consecutive year of sponsoring the Senior Queens Tournament, a relationship dating back to the event's inauguration in 2000.

As part of the agreement, Storm will receive extensive exposure through various advertising vehicles promoting the event including print, broadcast, signage, online promotion and other outlets.

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10. Nine Cities Bid for 2008 Tournament

GREENDALE, Wis.- Nine cities have expressed their intentions to bid for the 2008 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, one of the most popular annual events in America.  The event attracts more than 50,000 participants with a local economic impact of more than $60 million.

Albuquerque, N.M.; Hartford, Conn.; Lake County, Ind.; Las Vegas; Mobile, Ala.; Omaha, Neb.; Portland, Ore.; Syracuse, N.Y., and Wichita, Kan., have submitted letters stating they intend to bid for the 105th ABC Championships Tournament.

The ABC Tournament Site Inspection Committee will travel to each bidding city over the next several months to visit each proposed tournament venue or review blue prints if currently under construction.   In March, the ABC Tournament Site Selection Committee will hear formal presentations from city representatives and make the selection.

An ABC Tournament installation requires a minimum area of 90,000 square feet with a ceiling height of 30 feet.  This space must accommodate 48 specially installed lanes and peripherals areas. Other hosting requirements include adequate hotel/motel rooms to house an anticipated 100,000 visitors and a large auditorium or convention hall with a minimum 2,000 seating capacity.  The facility must also be available for a minimum of 168 consecutive days from mid-January through June.

Syracuse (1999, 1973, 1958 and 1935); Las Vegas (1986); Wichita (1989); Mobile (1994), and Albuquerque (2000) have hosted previous ABC championships.

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11. Dick Weber to do Color Commentary for 2001 Bowling World Cup

Dick Weber, a member of the American Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association halls of fame, will be behind the microphone during the arena finals of the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup. Weber will serve as color analyst for the 37th edition of AMF's international fall classic in Pattaya, Thailand, Nov. 4-10.

Weber is no stranger to the Bowling World Cup broadcast booth, having performed similar duties as co-analyst with TEAM USA coach Fred Borden at the 1999 AMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas. He also has served as color analyst for PBA broadcasts on ESPN and ABC TV in the U.S. Weber continues to compete on the PBA Senior Tour, where he's won six titles to augment his 26 PBA National Tour championships. In addition, Weber continues to "span the globe" as bowling's and AMF's best-known goodwill ambassador.

The AMF Bowling World Cup is the largest annual international sports competition in the world in terms of number of participating countries. Each country is invited to send one man and one woman to represent it in the week long competition, and a record 88 countries sent 155 athletes to Lisbon, Portugal, last year.

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12. Entry deadline for U.S. Amateur Championships Extended  

USA Bowling has extended the deadline for entries into the 2001 USA Bowling Amateur Championship, scheduled for Dec. 9-14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.  The deadline has been changed from Oct. 20 to Nov. 26 to allow people extra time to make travel decisions.

However, the Oct. 20 entry deadline shall remain for purposes of placing athlete biographical information in the Official Tournament Program Book.  Any bowler entering after this date will be confirmed for the tournament, but their name and biographical information may not be listed in the Program Book.

Entries are $250 for bowlers who participated in their State Amateur Championships, $350 for those who did not. Please call USA Bowling at (719) 636-2695 or toll free at (888) 660-2695, or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
13. Springfield's Bowlers World Pro Shop Victorious in Vernon Hills

It's been a memorable year for Jeff Carter of Springfield, Ill., and Robert Jakel, Jr., of Lockport, Ill. Carter set the record for highest season league average with 261 and Jackel was a member of the 2001 American Bowling Congress Championship Tournament Regular Division Team co-champion Town and Country Lanes of Joliet.

Now, they can add a berth in the 2001 ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship to their list of accomplishments.     Carter and Jackel were members of the Bowlers World Pro Shop team of Springfield that won the next to last 2001 Team Challenge qualifier Sept. 30 at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill.

Carter, Jackel and teammates Paul Nicholas, Jason Lewis and Bill Monce defeated Cheese In The Hood of Waukesha, Wis., 373-349, in the two-game Baker System Championship match. The victory earned Bowlers Pro Shop a trip to the BWTC Grand Championship at the Castaways Hotel & Casino Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas.

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14. Mechanicsburg, PA WTC Event Results
Illinois-based Louisville Slugger captures final qualifying event in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

With the completion of the 15th and final American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge qualifier in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Oct. 14, the field is now set for the ninth Grand Championship to be conducted at the Castaways Hotel and Casino Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas. The 15 qualifiers will battle for the title of world match play team champion.

The Louisville Sluggers of Gurnee, Ill., with Dave Armstrong, Keith Garrett, Bryan Bailey, Adam Barta and Ted Hannahs, filled in the final piece of the puzzle by winning the Mechanicsburg qualifier at ABC West Lanes.

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15. Tom Clark's Weekly Bowling Column

USA Today features a weekly column written by Tom Clark.  Use the following link to get to the latest column, and to access previous columns in the archive.
16. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.055 on 10/17/01 at 10:13 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 18.25 on 10/17/01 at 14:09 EDT.

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17. Cool Topics

The is the ultimate resource for bowling fans!

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

ESPN Is Adding Bowling To It's Homepage
With ESPN adding PBA Bowling to it's homepage do you think that bowling is now getting the recognition it lacked?

New PBA Set
What do you think of the New PBA set that will travel from tournament to tournament?

Single Membership Organization
2003 will be the soonest action could be taken by ABC and WIBC convention delegates to form the SMO.

Sand Bagging
What can be done about sand bagging villains?

Flying To Tournaments
Are you going to sit out out-of-state tournaments this year or are you still making plans to go?

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

What Was Your Game You Will Remember For Life?
Share your story on the game you will never forget.

License Plates
Share your ideas for a custom license plate with a bowling theme.
18. And Finally

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