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Kegler's Connection

   October 23, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Chat Log with Parker Bohn Available
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Three Rivers Open
     ~ Telecasts This Week
     ~ Williams Wins #32
     ~ BallBeat
     ~ Hammond Senior Open
     ~ Festival of Bowling Rolls Out in Reno
     ~ ABC Twister Team Up for 98th ABC Tournament
     ~ Get the Awards You're Due
  * World Cup News
     ~ Leandersson and Isaac Win 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Reno Links
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes*****
This week we'll show you who won the AMF World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, what went up and down in the world of bowling stocks, where to find the chat log from the Parker Bohn chat, when you can watch bowling on TV this week, and (hopefully) why we're the #1 independent weekly newsletter in the bowling world.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George talks follows up on last week's tip and supplies us with a new tip for this week. Kind of like a tip and a half.

First off, I would like to add something to last week's tip that really should have gone in there. Last week, I discussed the effect of losing or gaining weight had on muscle memory. Gary Fakuda pointed out that working out itself, which produces extra muscles, can have just as much an effect on muscle memory as losing or gaining weight. In fact, given that as muscle builds, the flexibility of those muscles decreases, the effect on muscle memory is even greater, because the range of motion will decrease, thus not allowing the full motion of something like throwing a bowling ball down a lane. So, it is important if you are choosing to work out to gain muscle, that you do the proper stretching before and AFTER exercising. This will help give you back at least some of the flexibility in your muscles. Thanks to Gary for keeping me straight on that.

Now, for this week's tip. As usual I'm going to draw on my own experiences, or rather my mistakes, LOL, to point out something else many bowlers tend to do. Many bowlers have more than one piece of equipment in their arsenal. Many times there will be one particular piece of equipment that a bowler will like better than the others for whatever reason. This ball will work very well on many types of conditions that that bowler sees. But what if it just isn't working? Sometimes, even on house conditions that are the same week after week after week, conditions may not favor that ball to be used. It is important to recognize when to put your favorite ball away and go with something that matches the condition better. If you are having considerable trouble with the lanes, and you are doing everything you can, sometimes a ball change is a good thing because it gives you a whole new read of the way the lanes are reacting. Many times the effect is purely psychological, you just "feel" different throwing the new ball, rather being in the rut with the one that is not working. Sometimes that new feeling is enough to instill new confidence and better shot making.

I know I've kept with balls too long on the lane, and ended up switching too late. Knowing that if I had switched earlier I'd have had a better squad or set. It can happen to anybody. So, next time you are in a rut and can't seem to find a way out, try a new ball out of the arsenal. It could give you the edge.

Until next time,

George Freeman :)

***** Chat with Parker Bohn Available *****
Special thanks go out to Parker Bohn III for an interesting chat Wednesday evening. Parker talked about his upcoming book and his experiences on the PBA Tour. Missed it? The chat is available as a download Bowling Library (On AOL Only) or you can read it at

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Three Rivers Open *****
Appearing on Monday's telecast will be
1. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
2. Cheryl Daniels
3. Jennifer Swanson
4. Cathy Dorin
5. Wendy Macpherson

Please see related story for telecast times.

***** Telecasts This Week *****
The Three Rivers Open (PWBA) airs Monday, October 23rd 8-9:00 pm ET on ESPN2 and reairs Thursday, October 26th at 1 pm ET on ESPN2.

The Erie Flagship Open will air live Tuesday, October 24th 8-9:30 pm ET on ESPN.

The Brunswick 300 Senior Open will air tape-dealayed Wednesday, October 25th at 1 pm ET on ESPN2.

***** Williams Wins #32 *****
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. won back-to-back titles with career title number 32, defeating Bob Learn, Jr. in the Johnny Petraglia Open Tuesday evening. Rounding out the top-eight telecast finalists were

1. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, FL 448 (2 games) $26,000
2. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA 177 (1 game) 13,500
3. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, NJ 183 (1 game) 9,000
4. Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, OH 415 (2 games) 7,000
5. Dave Wodka, Henderson, NV 184 (1 game) 5,500
6. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati 445 (2 games) 5,000
7. Mike Aulby, Indianapolis 227 (1 game) 4,500
8. Chris Barnes, Wichita, KS 224 (1 game) 4,000

The tour now moves to Erie, PA for the Erie Flagship Open and live TV finals on Tuesday evening.

***** BallBeat *****
Curious what the pros were throwing at the Johnny Petraglia Open? Get the balls and drillings straight from the ball reps. We thank Billy Yinger, Rick Benoit, Hank Boomershine, and Del Ballard for providing this information. Visit:

Manufacturers and ball reps. Don't be left out. Submit your PBA and PWBA pros' information each week to [email protected]

***** Hammond Senior Open *****
Mike Pullin won the Hammond Senior Open in Hammond, IN, concluding the Senior Tour's season. The tour will resume in January with the Senior Masters in January 2001 from Reno, NV.

The whole story is found at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** Festival of Bowling Rolls Out in Reno *****
The highly anticipated Festival of Bowling began Friday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Events include the standard mixed team, mixed doubles, and singles, as well as special events for folks with a 300 to their credit, a four-person Baker event, doubles, trios, and special events for senior bowlers age 55 and up.

For up-to-the-minute results on the Festival of Bowling, visit:

***** ABC Twister Team Up for 98th ABC Tournament *****
No trees will be sacrificed in bringing bowling pins to tournament contestants during the 2001 ABC Championships Tournament in Reno, NV next year as Twister synthetic pin has been named the official pin of tournament.

Read the entire story at

***** Get the Awards You're Due *****
Ever wonder what awards you're due from ABC, WIBC, or YABA? Now the folks at list national awards available to bowlers and the requirements for receiving them. The sites also list awards that are available for purchase by bowling centers and local associations.

For YABA go to

For WIBC go to

For ABC go to

*** World Cup News ***
***** Leandersson and Isaac Win 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup *****
Tomas Leandersson of Sweden and Mel Isaac of Wales are the 2000 AMF Bowling World Champions.

Leandersson, a 34-year-old bowling center owner from Degersfors and the No. 2 seed of the best-two-of-three-games single-elimination finals, defeated two former Bowling World Cup champions to win his first World Cup title. He dispatched Mohammed Al-Qubaisi of the UAE in their semifinal match Saturday, 2 games to 1, with scores of 242-223, 215-223 and 207-201. Leandersson then ousted top-seeded Tore Torgersen of Norway in the championship match, 2 games to 0, by scores of 247-226 and 209-201. Leandersson's victory today avenges his runnerup finish in the only other Bowling World Cup he has competed in, the 1993 edition in South Africa.

For more information and complete results, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) .2188 at 15:47 EDT on 10/20/00.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 17.8125 at 16:01 EDT on 10/20/00.

***** Reno Links *****
With the beginning of Festival of Bowling, now's the time to look into links on Reno, NV.

The Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority has information on the National Bowling Stadium at

The RSCVA home page is found at

Local news and weather forecasts can be found at

While you can't practice on the lanes at the NBS, the Reno Hilton offers 50 lanes. Read about them here

*** And Finally ***
Get ready for the GSTDs invading Reno for the Festival of Bowling the first week in November.

As always, send us your news and story ideas at [email protected].

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