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Kegler's Connection

   May 14, 1999

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Rick's Report (ABC Masters in Syracuse)
     ~ Top Twelve Balls (ABC Masters in Syracuse)
     ~ PBA Touring Players Championship Airs Saturday
     ~ PWBA Update
     ~ Blimp Makes PBA Debut
     ~ Membership Has Its Privileges
     ~ Fractured Wrist Sidelines Brian Voss
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ The Games People Play
  * And Finally

***** Rick's Report (ABC Masters/Syracuse) *****
Hello everybody, I am sure that many of you will be able to relate to last week's lane observations. We were in Syracuse, NY for the ABC Masters. The pattern used was identical to that used for the rest of the ABC tournament. There is one major difference though: No matter what is put on the lane, it is important to understand that they change according to how they are played and the equipment used. So if you saw something different, it probably had something to do with how the lanes you bowled on were played. It will be interesting to see how my observations match up to what those of you that bowled on them saw.

There were six squads of qualifying and the lanes were reconditioned after two squads of play. This is a very important issue. In a perfect world that would mean that each fresh condition would be the same. My observations did not see this, however. What I saw in the morning on the fresh pattern was not the same as what I saw in the evening on a fresh pattern. The difference is related to the cleaning process. I do not know the lane maintenance procedures of the ABC crew, but I do know that they did a lot better stripping job at the end of each day of competition than they did in between squads.

Looking at the lane laterally, I will describe what I saw and my opinions about ball reaction in that portion of the lane.

On the right side, outside of the 8th board, I saw enough oil to lay the ball down, but did not see a way to create much room in either direction of your target. If you wanted to play in this area of the lane you can expect your mistakes to leave some unique designs. In the morning, the backends were very clean and having the right surface to match your game would allow your ball to make a strong move on the backend. This would prove to be short-lived once the oil started to push down the lane. If you missed outside of your target, you were sure to see your ball hook less and, when you missed inside of your target, there wasn't much help there either. This part of the lane was more playable for the straighter players if they wanted to play close to 7 or 8. If your game provides revs in the front part of the lane it would be difficult to play this part of the lane for very long. The front of the lane would begin to break down and force you to project the ball towards the outside and that was not a comfortable feeling. It might come back but don't count on it.

As we move further left on the lane there was a zone between 15 and 10 that seemed very playable. Using 9-10 as your breakpoint a bowler could match up his equipment with their style of game and create a little mistake room right. This part of the lane remained playable for the players with fewer revs in the front part of the lane most of the day. Carry seemed to be better if you could minimize your projection. In the morning the backends were stronger so it made it more difficult for the high rev players to play this portion of the lane. The backends were so strong that the high-rev player was forced to project the ball further right and that was disaster. The other option for the high-rev player in this portion of the lane was to move further left so he was able to match up his projection with his backend reaction still using 10 as his breakpoint. This led to the most challenging part of attacking this condition. The amount of oil in the heads from 16 to 21-22 made this part of the lane tricky. I found many bowlers trapped in this area, blaming themselves for bad shots when actually the problem was the need for oil in the front part of the lane. One shot would look good, then the next one would grab the lane early, delivering a "facial" and a difficult spare conversion. This was especially difficult for the players who hit the ball upward at their release. If a bowler was to recognize much success in this area for very long, a clean hand at the release was essential.

When we moved deeper, we found the consistent push through the front part of the lane we needed, and once the track had enough play to open up, this was a good part of the lane to attack. On the morning "fresh" squad, it was not unusual to see players almost as deep in the front part of the lane as they were for the "burned" squad at night. This was to avoid the early hook in the front and necessary to allow for the strong backend reaction. It was a challenge for many of the players to understand the difference between the morning "fresh" squad and the later "fresh" squads. Many of them would watch the other squads, and assume that they would be able to attack the lanes the same way. The high-rev players that played in and had plenty of recovery on the morning "fresh" pattern did not have as much obvious recovery when they bowled the later "fresh" squads. This would force them to move right and then they would get early hook, or they would try and move both their feet and mark right and then they would have to deal with the hang to the right. The best move would be to stay further left and deal with the tighter backends with ball speed and equipment choices. Once the track opened up, the high-rev player was able to find the hook he had lost and he was off to the races. I really enjoyed the pattern because there was a lot of strategy involved and all styles had a shot. There was a time of day that either could take advantage of.

I think the important factors to consider is how to deal with the early hook in the front part of the lane and how the stripping procedures effect the backend reaction. I would have to give the advantage to the player who has fewer revs in the front part of the lane, because they had to make fewer moves and carry seemed better for those who were able to keep the ball straighter through the front part of the lane.

As far as equipment choices I felt balls that would not snap on the backend provided the best look and carry.

*****Top 12 Balls used for the ABC Masters in Syracuse*****
1. Brian Boghosian used a Surge during the week.
2. Parker Bohn III used a Pro Zone Tour Edition 3 (orange pin).
3. Ricky Ward used an Imperial Quantum and Navy Quantum.
4. Tom Baker used a Messenger.
5. Gary Skidmore used a Chaos and Impact Zone.
6. Bob Hanson used Impact Zone.
7. Doug Kent used several Ebonite balls. I believe the Wildcat is the one he used the most.
8. Jason Queen used an Ebonite Wildcat.
9. Eric Forkel used El Nino Wrath and others.
10. Sean Quinn Not sure
11. Danny Wiseman used every Brunswick ball in his bag.
12. William Hoffman used Jack Hammer and Deep Indigo 3-D Offset.

*** PBA/PWBA ***
***** PBA Touring Players Championship Airs Saturday *****
The PBA Touring Players Championship airs on CBS Saturday, May 15, 1999, at 3 PM ET. The top four seeds making the telecast are:

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 18-5-1, %15479
2, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 14-9-1, %15455
3, Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 13-11, %15347
4, Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif., 14-10, %15327

Bohn went 7-1 in the final round, including a 287 position game against Couch to take the lead. The winner takes home a check for $40,000 and a three-year exemption to the Brunswick Tournament of Champions.

Notes: The 7-10 split was converted four times this week (Dave D'Entremont, Pete Weber and Bob Learn Jr.(2)). Jason Hurd came close to tying the record for most individual 300s in a tournament (4, John Bauerle, Jr., Erie, Pa.). Hurd shot perfect games in rounds 2, 4 and 8, and just finished short of his fourth when he bowled a 279 during his last game of the tournament. Both Couch and Hoskins are former PBA Rookies of the Year and former TPC champions.

***** PWBA Update *****
Congratulation to Lynda Norry and Kim Canady in their near perfect doubles game, shooting 287 to beat Marianne DiRupo and Kelly Kulick. DiRupo/Kulick had climbed the ladder through the field, defeating first Brenda Norman and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, then Tammy Turner and Allyson Allmang.

Canday and Norry had the final match well in hand, by carrying every shot. Canady stepped up in the tenth frame with 9 strikes, three more would have landed the team the $50,000 MasterCard bonus. She struck in the tenth. In the 11th frame, unfortunately, she got a little fast with her feet, leaving the 5-7, and finished the game with a 287 game

For results on this week's Omaha Open which airs Tuesday, May 18th, please read: Releases.

***** Blimp makes PBA Debut *****
The Goodyear Blimp will make its PBA debut Saturday during the CBS telecast from Akron, OH.

***** Membership Has Its Privileges *****
Even though Brian Boghosian won the ABC Masters as an amateur, he is credited with a PBA title. But, since he is not a PBA member, he does not qualify for the three-year exemption into the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. Nor does he qualify for the match play portion of the ACDelco All-Star Classic (any PBA member who wins one of the first nine CBS Sports telecasts will qualify, along with defending champion Steve Hoskins). Boghosian has, however, earned a spot on the Reichert Cup team.

Boghosian joins John Juni (Tucson, Ariz., 1967); Gary Madison (Anaheim, Calif., 1971); Ken Taniguchi (Tokyo, 1985) and Takeo Sakai (Tokyo, 1988) as non-PBA members to have won PBA National Tour titles. The ABC Masters (which became an official PBA title last year), the BPAA US Open and the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions (where five international qualifiers make the field) are the only events recognized as PBA titles that amateurs are still allowed to enter. Prior to Boghosian, the most recent amateur to win the ABC Masters was Jason Queen who accomplished the feat in 1997.

***** Fractured Wrist to Sideline Voss *****
Get well soon wishes go out to Brian Voss from his fans, as he is nursing a fractured wrist. He sustained the injury to his bowling hand falling from a bicycle. As Voss hasn't won a title yet in 1999, this will heighten interest when he returns in July. Voss has won at least one PBA title each of the last 12 years, and is right on the tails of Earl Anthony's 14-consecutive-year streak.

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 6 5/16
Brunswick 22 1/4

***** The Games People Play *****
So you're cruising around the Web and you're looking for a little bowling excitement. If you're a game player, the following sites have bowling games online. Some require an additional plug in, but the requirements and the links to the plug ins appear on each page.

AMF Bowling Worldwide--This game is one of the tougher games on the Web.

Macromedia ShockRave--It's an independent game--I haven't quite gotten the hang of yet, but the sounds are pretty cool.

Attitude--Just one of the two Brunswick-based games, Attitude has the bowler airborne, throwing the ball at a moving set of pins.

Play Brunswick's Virtual Bowling--The only place to bowl Cosmic in a virtual setting. Plus your choice of balls.

If you want to be able to download a game and play without the Internet here are two downloadable versions.
(WIN) WinBowl v2.1b (Available to AOL Members Only) This is a self-contained program available in the Bowling Library.

THQ - Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling--This site offers information on both Play Station version and a PC version, with a downloadable PC version of the game.

*** And Finally ***
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