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Kegler's Connection

   December 19, 1999

Table of Contents
 * Grandstand News
     ~ Year-End Kegler's Connection Publishing Dates
     ~ Chat Schedule
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Scrambler Winners
 * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Telecast Times Announced
     ~ PWBA Announces Player, Rookie of the Year, Robbie Award Winners
     ~ Orleans Signs on as PBA Venue
     ~ Mark Williams Retires
     ~ ABC Announces New National Tournament Award
     ~ YABA Top Stars
 * College Bowling
     ~ NCAA and Bowling Come Together
 * Team USA
     ~ Team USA 2000 Announced
     ~ 300 Shot During USA Bowling Championships
 * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Elf Bowling Virus Hoax
 * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Year-End Kegler's Connection Publishing Dates *****
The staff of Kegler's Connection wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. Because of holiday scheduling, the next issue of KC (the year-end issue) will arrive on December 29th, and regular issues of KC will arrive on the weekends again beginning January 8th.

***** Chat Schedule *****
With all that extra time off from work and school, check out the chat schedule to find a chat that's right for you. There's plenty of impending news breaking in bowling after the first of the year, so be among the first to know. AOL members can find the Bowling Forum chat schedule at Bowling Chat (Available to AOL Members Only).

***** Tip of the Week *****
With the holidays, come presents. And what could be a better present for a bowler than a brand new ball? This week, George Freeman offers advice on ball selection for new bowlers or people looking to move up.

What ball weight is best for you if you are just starting out? Well, here is something to go on: Take 10% of your weight. If you weigh 140 pounds, think about trying to throw a 14-pound ball. It's a rough guideline that doesn't work as well with small children or for people who weigh over 160, but will give you a good basis on which to start.

Basically the theory is you want a ball you aren't going to whip down the lane, but one manageable enough to use effectively over three games. You don't want to need oxygen therapy after two games of throwing your ball. The 10% rule is meant as a guideline, some can handle more weight, some need less. Newer, stronger reacting equipment is working for people in lower weights, so even if you've *always* thrown 16, you might be in for a surprise. Always check with your pro shop operator to find out what weight is best for you.

***** Scrambler Winners *****
Scrambler - Top Winners
1st Place: KR822 - 326 points
2nd Place: NUMBERS JR - 303 points
3rd Place: HALO bb - 282 points

Join GSTDSteveM on the second and fourth Mondays of the month to play a fast-paced Scrambler game. You'll improve your typing skills while you test your bowling knowledge. Find out more at Bowling Chat (Available to AOL Members Only).

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** Pro Telecast Times Announced *****
The PBA has announced its winter telecast schedule with ESPN. The 90-minute telecasts will air Sunday afternoons mostly in a 12:30 to 2 pm time slot.

The PWBA has listed its first nine tournaments, starting in the Southwest and finishing in the Midwest, with stops in New Mexico, Arizona, San Diego, Las Vegas, Oregon, Reno, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana. Television times on ESPN2 are to be determined.

For a complete listing of all televised bowling events (including some you might not otherwise hear about), visit

***** PWBA Announces Player, Rookie of the Year, Robby Award Winners *****
The PWBA announced the winners of Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the Robby Award this week.

Wendy Macpherson received overwhelming support as Player of the Year, an honor voted on by the PWBA players themselves, with 78% of the vote. The entire press release can be read at

Tiffany Stanbrough was named Rookie of the Year, receiving nearly unanimous support. And the Robby Award for the PWBA player who "best exemplifies the most positive image of women in professional bowling, both on the lanes and off" went to Leanne Barrette.

For the complete press releases, visit

***** Orleans Signs on as PBA Venue *****
Out with the Showboat, and in with the Orleans. The PBA has ended its longest running arrangement with a host center and moved to a different venue in Las Vegas. The Orleans has stepped in and taken the vacancy in the schedule caused by the departure of sponsor ACDelco at Cal Bowl outside Los Angeles. But so ends the 40-year relationship with the PBA and Showboat.

For more information, visit

***** Mark Williams Retires *****
PBA Hall of Famer and seven-time titleist Mark Williams is retiring from active touring in order to become co-owner in a Beaumont, TX bowling center.

Complete details are at

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Announces New National Tournament Award *****
Taking a page from WIBC's "Lookin' Good" award, ABC has announced the creation of the "Bowler's Pride Award". To be eligible for the award, bowlers must wear matching shirts and pants for their team event at the ABC Championships. Winners will receive discounts at designated vendor booths.

Read about it at

***** YABA Top Stars *****
The Bowling Forum salutes the YABA bowler all stars with honor scores in the last couple weeks. Read about tomorrow's bowling stars today at

*** College Bowling ***
***** NCAA and Bowling Come Together *****
More and more colleges are fielding bowling teams, and bowling offers some very attractive benefits including compliance with gender equity issues and using facilities already in the community rather than building a new "field." Read the entire article at

*** Team USA ***
***** Team USA 2000 Announced *****
Bowlers competed this week in the USA Bowling Championships in Reno, Nevada to determine Team USA. The top five in both the men's and women's division earned a berth into Team USA, as well as four others selected by a committee. The top five men were Bill Hoffman, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, John Gaines, Tonny Manna, and Derwin Pitre. The committee selected David Haynes, Michael Mullin, Kris Wetherton, and Derek Sapp to round out the team.

For the ladies, the top five were Diandra Hyman, Kelly Kulick, Janette Piesczynski, Kassy Hyman, and Debbie Kuhn. The committee selected Missy Bellinder, Jackie Edwards, Jolene Etem, and Lisa Stack

***** First 300 shot During USA Bowling Championships *****
Jimmy Vickery became the first bowler since 1997 and only the tenth ever to shoot 300 during the USA Bowling Championships. See it at

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 1/2
Brunswick (BC) 20 11/16

***** Elf Bowling Virus Hoax *****
Someone is auditioning for the Grinch this year. The Elf Bowling program has proven to be a very popular and widely distributed file. And riding on the coattails of that success is someone who has chosen to circulate a malicious hoax. The reality is the game has been certified safe by an antivirus group, and further the hoax is addressed by the game makers themselves.

Read the complete story at

*** And Finally ***
Our family at Kegler's Connection wishes you a happy holiday season, and a reminder that our next issue will come out December 29th. Kegler's Connection--no pitches, just the news you can use.

Copyright © 1999 - Angel Zobel-Rodriguez and Steve Mermelstein.
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