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August 2, 1999
Table of Contents
* Grandstand News
~ Welcome Aboard New GSTDs
~ Mike Miller Chat Available in Library
~ Scrambler Winners
~ The Foundation--One World, One Sport
* U.S. Open News
~ Bob Learn Wins from the Top
~ Kim Adler wins Major
* YABA News
~ Youth Masters Update
* Miscellaneous News
~ Stock Update
~ Next Week in Kegler's Connection
* And Finally
*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Aboard New Grandstands *****
The Bowling Forum welcomes GSTDProPin and GSTDMaul to our growing family of volunteers. ProPin, a PBA fan and collegiate bowler in his own right, will be hosting chat. GSTDMaul, better known as George Freeman, will bring his experience as a PBA Southern Region member to his new position as a chat host and a contributing writer to Kegler's Connection. His first story appears below. In the fall, with the help of our new GSTDs, we'll be expanding the chat schedule to seven nights a week. Welcome aboard!
***** Mike Miller Chat Available in the Library *****
The Bowling Forum sends a huge "thank you" out to Mike Miller for an insightful and often humorous chat. Fans asked questions regarding his experience on the PBA Tour and his unique thumbless delivery. The chat log is now available in the Bowling Library.
Look for a new series of Chat with the Pros coming soon.
***** Scrambler Winners *****
1ST - Bowlman23 - 231
2ND - SHUBwlr815 - 202
3RD - InFeRnO300 - 172
4TH - Czmls - 84
5TH - Shawlalala - 37
Join GSTDSteveM and test your bowling ball and PBA/PWBA know how. Scrambler starts at 10 PM ET. See you there!
***** The Foundation--One World, One Sport *****
By GSTDMaul, George Freeman
How many times have you heard the following phrases?
"They shut the crankers out."
"The lefties had the whole lane."
"The only people who score are the ones who spin the ball like a top."
"Re-actives are killing bowling."
"Pro-actives are killing bowling."
I could go on and on, but this is just an appetizer in the main course of complaints and excuses that riddle the sport of bowling. They've been around for longer than many people realize; the old schoolers of the 50s and 60s said the same thing when urethane made its debut. Now it's the nuclear-powered resins and pro actives who are the bad guys of bowling. Throw in the adult bumper bowling lane conditions seen in today's game, it seems that there is no hope of escaping the black hole of technology and out of control scoring and restoring integrity to a once very honorable sport.
One group that is attempting such a feat is known simply as The Foundation. The slogan "One World, One Game" condenses in a nutshell their purpose: to restore honor and integrity that technology has stripped away by using--get this--more technology. By using the most advanced technology of the present, and applying the experience these men and women have learned in the past, they hope to make the future of bowling one that is honorable and fair for all who participate. The challenge they are taking on is a daunting one. Not only do they have to deal with the thousands of variables within the physical aspect of bowling, but also the egos of the players who utter the phrases like those at the top of this story.
The Foundation is headquartered in Sebring, Florida, inside Kegel Lanes. It serves as both a training facility and a research & development center. They experiment with oil patterns, different oil compounds, they use different methods of applying such oil patterns and compounds. They also experiment with all types of ball surfaces, all in gathering information in carry down, oil depletion, and ball surface wear. They pay attention to microscopic depressions in the lane, and the barely noticeable tilts to them as well. When doing the lanes for tournaments, they gather even more information such as environment, oil depletion as it relates to scoring, and also input from the players. You know the saying, "Information is power"? They live by it.
This can (and has) caused considerable tension between The Foundation and many players. But as John Davis, founder of the Foundation, is no doubt aware, this is to be expected. Throughout history, every leader who has proposed or incorporated massive change has been viewed as both savior and troublemaker. Ironically, some of the grumblings come from the elite, the very group whose voice is most heard in regard to tougher lane conditions. At a recent regional I competed in, a fellow PBA member looked at me before our afternoon round and said, "If I had known what we were in for when we got Davis to do the lanes, I'd never have wanted it." "Be careful what you wish for" is a phrase that comes to mind, but the initial shock is unavoidable if change is to be incorporated.
Of course, there are two sides to every story. There are grumblings among the elite that do bear attention. For instance there have been concerns about how the left handers are being treated on the regular tour. Some feel they are not given an equal opportunity to score on Tour. This is a problem that must be addressed if their goal is to be achieved. Others are concerned about how the Tour will be perceived by the league bowler if he sees pros bowling 190 on TV and averaging just over 200 during the week if the house bowler is averaging 220+ at home. If the new lane patterns that can raise bowling to the level of a sport are brought to the house bowler, will they be able to handle the more equitable conditions and lower average that no doubt will result? This will be, in my opinion, the most difficult and critical hurdle to overcome. If we can't sell bowling as a sport to the league bowler who bowls once or twice a week, the odds of us getting bowling to where it needs to be are slim.
Can the Foundation deliver on their mission statement? That is yet to be seen, but if anyone is going to have the chance to succeed, it will be them. To get a look at what the Foundation is doing, you can visit their website at www.foundation300.com. You can also visit their training center at www.herbies.com. Visit their website, and get a look at what the future may hold.
*** US Open News ***
***** Bob Learn Earns First Major from Top Spot *****
Bob Learn survived a nineth-frame open by Jason Couch in the championship match to win his first major and fourth PBA title to take home the $35,000 first prize. Couch's second place was good for $20,000. Couch had defeated Dave Arnold in the semifinal match to challenge top-seed Learn. For all the scores and highlights, read PBA Tour.
***** Kim Adler Wins Major *****
Kim Adler bowled 56 games of qualifying and matchplay before she faced the brackets. After several more rounds, she still had to defeat Cara Honeychurch and go on to face Lynda (Norry) Barnes to win the $35,000 first prize, her third "major" title, and the honorary green jacket that goes with the Open. Barnes competing in her first tournament after marrying PBA player Chris Barnes came in second for $20,000. Cara Honeychurch, an Australian amateur, finished third. For more information, read about it at PBA Tour.
*** Youth News ***
***** Youth Masters & American Scholarship Tournaments Conclude *****
The tournaments have concluded in Ohio and Florida, and the results should be final by next week's edition of Kegler's Connection. The Youth Masters tournament in Akron, Ohio utilized the gold Pro Pins on every lane, and a demanding tournament lane condition. Until the results are final, read about the bowlers' experiences, and share in their thanks to tournament promoter, Gary Beck in the Youth Tournaments folder.
*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
Brunswick Corp (BC) 27 3/8
AMF (PIN) 5 7/16
***** Next Week in Kegler's Connection *****
We'll see the return of Rick's Report, highlighting the U.S. Open. And secretaries can look forward to an article highlighting the differences in several bowling software programs. We'll do our best to get you ready for fall. And we'll have the latest results from the PWBA in Lexington, KY.
*** And Finally ***
The ever-expanding Bowling Forum thanks you for reading the latest issue of Kegler's Connection. Let us know what's going on by e-mailing Bowling GSTDs, and help us get the good word out by telling your friends and team mates to sign up at Bowling Forum Newsletter Subscription. Until next week, take care, and bowl well!
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