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Kegler's Connection

   October 30, 1999

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Scrambler's Back
     ~ Chat with the PWBA Rookie of the Year Nominees
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Rick's Report
     ~ Wodka in Seventh Heaven
     ~ Senior Telecast Rebroadcast
     ~ Voss' Streak in Jeopardy
     ~Festival of Bowling Results, Standings, and Stories
     ~WIBC Queens and Senior Queens Available for Reno
     ~ Top YABA Stars Include Edwards and Czarnecki
     ~ Milwaukee to Host Youth Leaders
  *Team USA
     ~ DBA Augments Prize Money
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Correction
  * And Finally

Table of Contents
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Scrambler's Back *****
GSTDSteveM is happy to report that Scrambler is alive and running once again. This week's winners were:

1st Place: Mvpbowler - 235 points
2nd Place: KR822 - 232 points
3rd Place: Bowler712 - 83 points

For the time being, GSTDSteveM will be playing Scrambler on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. If enough devoted Scrambler enthusiasts enjoy the game, we'll bring it back every Monday.

***** Chat with the PWBA Rookie of the Year Nominees *****
Details are still being ironed out, but Wednesday Night, November 3rd, the Bowling Forum proudly presents a chat with the three Rookie of the Year contenders of the PWBA. Media Director, John Takacs, has arranged for fans to speak with Tiffany Stanbrough, Shannon Rondeau, and Marcia Kamrowski between rounds from Sam's Town in Las Vegas, NV. Keep checking the Bowling Forum (Available to AOL Members Only) for details.

***** Tip of the Week *****
People often try to get the scoop on a tournament by talking to friends who bowl an earlier squad. And when earlier squads post low scores, don't panic. You are only bowling *your* game. All the suggested drillings, pieces of equipment they used, and oil pattern charts don't necessarily mean anything when you bowl. If you rely on advice too heavily, you may not make the right choices that apply to your game. So take such advice with a grain of salt, and see what the lanes tell you during practice. Keep the advice in the back of your head, but bowl your *own* game.

***** Rick's Report *****
(We welcome back Rick Benoit to our newsletter. For how the lanes played in Detroit, or the equipment used, check out his round-by-round coverage of PBA events at PBA Tour.)

These last few weeks have been so busy: I have been jumping all over the country and I have not had time to write a weekly report, so I thought I would send you one column that might last a while. This column ought to get everybody a little excited. I know not everybody will agree, but it is the mindset I choose to use. Without this mindset, it would be too easy to give up and just blame the lane man. Enjoy!!!

Well, we made it through the Florida swing this year without a hurricane warning and one of the most exciting events in Professional bowling history. If you remember last year, the tournament in Naples, Florida was cut short because of Hurricane Georges (I think that was his name, anyway. Make sure you pronounce it with a French accent).

This year we started in Naples. After Naples we went to one of the most enjoyable tournaments of the year--actually two of the most enjoyable tournaments of the year. The Villages sponsors the Senior Tour and they put on a wonderful event, and it is a real pleasure to be a part of it. The two tournaments at The Villages were The Senior Tournament of Champions and The Senior Invitational. The Senior Invitational is a tournament held each year for nonchampions only. It was great to see some wonderful friends. I say wonderful because I did not want to say old. One of the special things about the seniors is their ability to take a joke, but you have to be careful because they are quick to dish it out as well. The Senior Tour members have a thirst for competition and knowledge, and they put on a show that the fans really enjoy. If you want to know the history of our sport there is no better place to start than with these guys. There is a sense of awe and pride in having the opportunity to work with the Seniors.

The first tournament was held in Naples at Woodside Lanes. I flew into Ft. Lauderdale, and after a short drive across Alligator Alley (no, I did not see any alligators), I was there and ready for golf, I mean bowling. The weather was typical Florida, hot and humid. I don't mean humid, I mean sticky, wet, fog-your-glasses-every-time-you-go-outside humid. If you are not used to it, you are in for quite a shock. Once your glasses clear, you can see that this part of the country has a passion for bowling, the fans are knowledgeable and appreciative.

Working the Senior Tour is a little different than the National Tour or Junior Tour as some of the seniors call it. The competition is just as serious, but the lanes break down in a different way. The seniors do not rev the ball nearly as much as the guys on the National Tour, so you do not have as many angles being used on the lane. The big issue on the Senior Tour is the comparison of the right side of the lane to the left side of the lane. In the desire to provide consistency and fairness in lane play, I have yet to see the answer to the left-to-right comparison.

As I have witnessed many tournaments, I choose to avoid the expectations of "fair" because it is impossible to achieve. I, on the other hand, choose to accept that to be successful in this business, it is important to be versatile and adaptable. Not only in your physical game but your mental game as well. I will use these two tournaments as an opportunity to explain what I feel is an important issue in the future of our sport. Forget Fair!!!

(To be Continued next week)


*** PBA/PWBA ***
***** Wodka in Seventh Heaven *****
Dave Wodka became the seventh first-time champion when he defeated Steve Hoskins in the final match of the PBA Greater Detroit Open in Taylor, Michigan. Wodka defeated Hoskins 214-206 to claim the $15,000 first place check.

Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia is now poised to become the twentieth PBA career millionaire with his third-place finish in Taylor. Petraglia earned $5,500 and now stands at $995,700 in career earnings. For more on the Greater Detroit Open, read PBA Tour.

***** Senior Tour Rebroadcast *****

ESPN2 will rebroadcast the Brunswick Zone Senior National Championship from Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich. on Monday, Nov. 1, from 8-9 p.m. (ET).

***** Voss' Streak in Jeopardy *****
The "Iron-Man" of bowling, Brian Voss, PBA Hall of Famer and Career Millionaire, has won at least one title in the last 12 years in the PBA. That streak, however, is in jeopardy of being broken. Voss suffered a broken wrist earlier this year, and has been unable to compete. He has three more tournaments to try to extend his streak to 13 years: The Bay City Classic, Indianapolis Open, or the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. The Immortal Earl Anthony owns the record at 14 years. The 2nd longest active streak is 7 years, owned by Walter Ray Williams, Jr. For this and other PBA tidbits, visit PBA Tour.

***** Festival of Bowling Results, Standings, and Stories *****
Keep up-to-date on the goings on for the Festival of Bowling. Scores are reported to be low on a somewhat more difficult than usual shot. But low scores can be an advantage to folks who can make spares and keep their head in a match. The site has featured stories written about selected teams who are entering the event as well as the standings for each event at Bowl ABC: News.

***** WIBC Queens and Senior Queens Available for Reno *****
Applications for both the WIBC Queens and the Senior Queens tournaments are available now online for the May 22 through 26 events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV. For information and printable entries, visit Bowl WIBC.

***** Top YABA Stars Include Edwards and Czarnecki *****
If anyone is looking for a bowling partner, David Czarnecki might be the guy to ask. The eighteen-year-old holds the honor of highest three-game set during the 1998-99 season with his 298-259-300/857 set during the doubles event at the Missouri State tournament May 2nd.

On the women's side, top honors go to the young woman who's fast becoming a household name. Jackie Edwards, member of both Team USA and Junior Team USA, rolled the 233-300-279/812 set on Jan. 31 during a Greater Los Angeles Junior All Stars league match. For more on the honors, read Bowl YABA.

***** Milwaukee to Host Youth Leaders *****
Milwaukee has been given the nod to host the year 2000 YABA International Workshop. For details, visit Bowl YABA.

*** Team USA ***
***** DBA Augments Prize Money *****
DBA products is putting up $100,000 for bowlers to win a share of at the 1999 USA Bowling Championships in Reno, NV this December. Any player, male or female, who shoots over 800 in the final three games of match play will win $25,000. And in the top three stepladder, any player, male or female, who rolls a 300 will receive $25,000 (divided Equally).

The USA Bowling Championships will decide the team for the 2000 Team USA. For the entire story, please read Bowl USA.

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 4 7/16
Brunswick (BC) 22 5/8

***** Correction *****
Thanks to the folks who pointed out that Brian Himmler is on Storm staff. Also, last week's Tip of the Week was missing attribution. George Freeman so kindly wrote it, and we'd like to give him credit for it. If you've noticed other "typos" in the newsletter, please read the next article.

*** And Finally ***
Kegler's Connection is looking for help. If you read this newsletter every week, you know we're trying to create the most comprehensive bowling news source available. If you have an hour or two per week to "spare," have some command of spelling and grammar, and want to "strike" it home to our readers, e-mail GSTDHammer. Before you look to change careers, we are an all-volunteer workforce, so you'll undoubtedly have to keep your day job.

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