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Kegler's Connection

   December 12, 1999

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Rookie Chat Available in Bowling Library
     ~ Wendy Macpherson Bowling Forum's Choice for BoD
     ~ Tip of the Week
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ Mike Scroggins Wins Resident Pro
     ~ Kim Adler Interviewed for Chiropractic Magazine
     ~ Historic TV Coverage for PWBA
     ~ 2000 ABC reaches 10,375 teams
  * Team USA
     ~ Top Finishers from Abu Dhabi
  * World Team Challenge
     ~ Rochester Results
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ New Website Makes Debut
     ~ Foundation Announces Foundation Games
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Rookie Chat Available in Bowling Library *****
PWBA Rookie of the Year contenders Shannon Rondeau, Tiffany Stanbrough, and Marcia Kamrowski spent nearly 90 minutes chatting with fans during a Bowling Forum exclusive Chat with the Pros. If you missed the chat, it is available in the Bowling Library (Available to AOL Members Only).

***** Wendy Macpherson Bowling Forum's Choice for BoD *****
Congratulations to Wendy Macpherson as resounding choice for Bowler of the Decade. Wendy received 57% of the vote in a field that included seven women.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week, George Freeman talks about finger inserts.

For many fingertip bowling balls, rubber (or some other compound) finger inserts are used to give the bowler a better feel and more gripping power. However, no finger insert lasts forever. As you use the bowling ball, the rubber inserts will wear down. You need to check them regularly for wear and tear. If they wear down too much, you'll lose grip power on the ball and will not come out of the ball as cleanly as you used to. In extreme circumstances, when the inserts have not been changed in an unusually long amount of time, it can even affect the span of your bowling ball, because the rubber lift will have been worn away, causing your span to shorten.

A good method to determine wear on your inserts is to check them every 25-30 games. Look at the inserts, do they still have the lip on them? Is it wearing down? Take your ball into an experienced pro shop operator to ask him to evaluate your grips. If you are unsure, they are the best source for information.

Remember, a ball that fits properly will perform properly :)

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Mike Scroggins Wins Resident Pro *****
Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas won his record setting eighth regional title of the year when he defeated Tony Frankin 238-203 in the Sands Regency National Resident Pro Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

To see the final results, go to

***** Kim Adler Interviewed for Chiropractic Magazine *****
Kim Adler is featured in this month's Today's Chiropractic magazine. Read the interview at

***** Historic TV Coverage for PWBA *****
ESPN2 will broadcast a historic 24 PWBA events in 2000, including most on Monday nights in a counterprogramming move against Monday Night Football. Airtimes are not yet final. Read the details at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** 2000 ABC reaches 10,375 teams *****
The 2000 ABC Tournament, being held in Albuquerque, NM, broke a 14-year-old record for entries held outside of Reno with 10,375 teams. The previous record was set in 1986 in Las Vegas. There is still another month left to get entries in. For details, go to

*** Team USA ***
*****Top Finishers from Abu Dhabi *****
The World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates have concluded. Qatar's Ahmed Shaheen and Australia's Ann-Maree Putney won the final gold medals in the Master's division. The two-week long tournament yielded only one gold medal for the Americans, as Kelly Kulick won the gold in the Women's Singles. For a complete list of standings, go to

*** World Team Challenge ***
***** Team from Rochester *****
Terzo's Pro Shop of Rochester, NY defeated Team Storm to win the second WTC event of the season Dec. 5. Complete results from the Rochester World Team Challenge have been posted at

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 7/8
Brunswick (BC) 20

***** New Website Makes Debut *****
The site ( made its debut this week as a site "for the fans, by the fans." It includes news, stories, columns, tips, birthdays of the pros, and a web-based version of Kegler's Connection so readers can go back and find stories from previous issues.

***** Foundation Announces Foundation Games *****
The Foundation ( has announced the formation of "The Foundation Games," scratch tournaments held at selected sites around the world.

The Foundation will completely dictate the lane oil, the oiling patterns, and the selection of bowling ball surfaces that are used in these events. With total control, they plan to define the sport of bowling by adding integrity and credibility.

The Foundation headquarters will administer the tournament from Sebring, FL, while each tournament will be run locally by a qualified Tournament Director. The tournament directors and all bowlers competing in the games must be Foundation members. Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to top finishers, and first place winners will move on to a national championship.

Potential sites (bowling centers) and those who are truly interested in becoming Tournament Directors, should contact the National Tournament Director, Len Nicholson at [email protected]

*** And Finally ***
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