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Kegler's Connection

   December 29, 1999

Table of Contents
 * Grandstand News
     ~ Bowling Resolutions
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Bowling Forum Wishes Happy New Year
 * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Awards $10,000 to Georgia Fan
     ~ Hromek Wins Nagy Award
     ~ Bohn Earns High Average Award
     ~ Senior Tour Awards Announced
 * ABC/WIBC News
     ~ ABC Tournament
     ~ Millennium 300 Contests
     ~ ABC Testing Lower Average Awards
 * YABA News
     ~ Bob Maki to Head YABA Full Time
     ~ Brunswick Offers Rebate/Recruiting Incentive
 * Team USA
 * College Bowling
     ~ First BWAA Collegiate Poll Results Announced
 * Miscllaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
 * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Bowling Resolutions *****
What are your bowling goals for Y2K? The Bowling Forum wants to know what you plan to do after the first of the year. So if you plan on practicing more, taking lessons, just paying attention more, or you don't plan to do a single thing differently, tell everyone your plan to success (or get ideas from others) in the Topic of the Week (Available to AOL Members Only).

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week George Freeman talks about new equipment for the holidays.

I'm sure many of us received a new bowling ball (or balls), for Christmas. If Santa was kind enough to grace you with a new ball, remember a couple important things:

1. If you bowl in a competitive league, a "money" league, don't go out and try to use your new piece of hardware without taking it on the lanes for practice. You may have had it drilled for a specific reaction, but every bowling ball is different, and you should take the time to learn the nuances of your new ball, so there are no surprises when you get in competition.

2. If your hand fluctuates a lot due to weather or other conditions, think about getting some tape for your thumb hole, you can add tape if your hand tends to shrink, or remove it when it swells. Sandpaper is good to have handy to smooth the insides of the hole to get the proper fell you are looking for.

***** Bowling Forum Wishes Happy New Year *****
This edition marks the special year-end issue of Kegler's Connection. The Bowling Forum (Available to AOL Members Only) wishes you a healthy, and happy New Year and reminds you to drive safe this holiday season. We want you around for future issues. Just a reminder, our next issue will arrive January 8th.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA Awards $10,000 to Georgia Fan *****
The PWBA played the cash equivalent of Santa last week as they awarded Margie Hatch of Winder, GA the $10,000 grand prize in their PWBA Fan Club promotion.

***** Bohn, Fleming voted Player, Rookie of the Year *****
Voted with an overwhelming 91% of the vote, Parker Bohn got the respect of his peers on tour being named Player of the year with his five title wins this year.

Being named Rookie of the Year was Paul Fleming with 89% of the vote. The former Team USA member competed in 21 events, cashing in ten.

For more information, please read

***** Hromek Wins Nagy Award *****
Justin Hromek has the respect of his Tour mates as witnessed by his winning the Nagy Award. The Nagy Award is the all-around good guy award given to the player who best "demonstrates sportsmanship to the highest degree on tour." It is voted on by the Touring Pros themselves.

For more information, visit

***** Bohn Earns High Average Award *****
Parker Bohn III set a single-season record on his way to earning the George Young High Average Award with a 228.04 average over 844 games. Bohn also received the Harry Smith Point Leader Award with his 25,683 points accumulated in 1999.

For more information, visit

***** Senior Tour Awards Announced*****
Dale Eagle continued to dominate the headlines, this time winning Senior Player of the Year honors, also earning the 1999 Dick Weber PBA Senior Point Leader Award with 21,017 points. Eagle competes on both the Senior and "Junior" tours with success.

Robert Glass gets the Senior Tour distinction of High Average Award with his 225.45 average over 368 games.

For the entire story, read

*** ABC/WIBC News ***
***** ABC Tournament *****
ABC has announced a special "satellite" tournament in conjunction with the ABC Championship Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico next year. The Brunswick "Get in the Zone" Challenge will feature a two-game sweeper with two average divisions--189 and below, and 190 and up for a $40 entry fee. The event will allow bowlers to sample ABC's new "sport" lane conditions.

Read it at

***** Millennium 300 Contests *****
If you were at a loss for what to do for New Year's Eve, you might just want to consider going bowling. Centers across the country are advertising Millennium tournaments to allow bowlers a chance to bowl the first 300 game in 2000. The first ABC member who throws an approved 300 game will receive a gold 300 ring, a 300 watch, a 300 game leather jacket, and 300 game plaque, according to the "First 300 Game of the New Millennium" contest.

To review the requirements, read

***** ABC Testing Lower Average Awards *****
ABC is taking a page from local associations and the WIBC and testing awards for lower average bowlers. Awards for a 200 game await bowlers with a 140 average or less, a 600 series can be earned by 150 average bowlers, and a 250 game can be earned for bowlers averaging 160 or less.

Read about it at

***** WIBC Honors Bowlers *****
Robin Crawford has earned the 2000 WIBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow. Doris Coffman has been chosen Helen Baker Award, Mary Louise Young has received the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award and Lavon Crawford has received the Proprietor of the Year Award.

The entire story can be found at

*** YABA News ***
***** Bob Maki to Head YABA Full Time*****
Bob Maki will become the full-time Chief Operating Officer of YABA as of January 1st. During the last two years, Maki has split his time between duties with YABA and USA Bowling. Among Maki's new duties will be looking for "non-dues revenue" and raising money for the Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Read the press release at

***** Brunswick Offers Rebate/Recruiting Incentive *****
Current USA Junior Olympic Gold members might really make out if they can recruit new members to the JOG program. Between now and March 31, current members should have new members fill out an application form and add their own name and ID number to the application. The recruiting member will receive a $25 rebate towards a Brunswick bowling ball.

Find out more at

*** Team USA ***
Diandra Hyman and Bill Hoffman are the 1999 National Amateur Champions after competing earlier this month in Reno. Hyman set a matchplay record with a blistering 226.2 average for 24 games made tournament history for both male and female participants.

Also the Bowling Forum would like to congratulate Kris Netherton on making the team. Due to a typo on the press release, Kris' name was misspelled in last week's edition.

The entire article can be read at

*** College Bowling ***
***** First BWAA Collegiate Poll Results Announced *****
The Bowling Writers Association of America has released its first college rankings of the 1999-2000 school year. Western Illinois tops the men's teams, and the women's list is headed by Nebraska-Lincoln. The BWAA will release two more rankings lists before the season is complete.

The results can be found at

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 15/16
Brunswick (BC) 22 11/16

*** And Finally ***
The folks at Kegler's Connection wish you and your loved ones a happy healthy new year. We'll be here in 2000 to bring you more news regarding all the changes happening in the bowling world.

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