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Kegler's Connection

   September 25, 1999

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Grandstand Sports Pages
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Rick's Report
     ~ PWBA in Ohio for Visionary Bowling Products Classic
     ~ Senior Tour Resumes
     ~ Pederson or Mark Williams for Hall of Fame
     ~ Awards
  * Team USA
     ~ Success for Jr. Team USA
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Unique Jr. Pro Am at the ACDelco VA Beach
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Grandstand Sports Pages *****
Make sure to check out our newly designed Grandstand/Hometown Bowling Community Center to find some great web pages created by bowlers and fans of the pro tours. The Community Center is accessible to anyone with web access, so it gives non-AOL readers a taste of what's available within the Bowling Forum. A new feature on the page is a bowling message board. Readers can post to the bowling message boards with either an AOL or AIM account. If you haven't created a web page for yourself yet, now is the time to create a page to promote your league, your association or to celebrate the pros of the sport.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week's tip comes from GSTDMaul. For tips that unlock the mysteries of bowling and more, stop by his Chat from the Dark Side (Available to AOL Members Only) on Tuesdays at 10 PM ET.

Are you having trouble carrying the corner pins? First, you have to see where the 6 pin (4 pin for you lefties) goes. Did it just lie in the gutter next to the 10 (7) pin? Your ball is running out of energy at the pocket, you might want to move half a board right (or left for the lefties) to get a little more punch on the pocket. Did it wrap around the corner pin? The ball is coming in behind the head pin, you might want to try moving back on the approach about 1 inch to get better angle in the pocket. Minute adjusting is essential to maintaining good carry.

***** Rick's Report *****
The third and final installment of Rick Benoit's description of the life of a Tour Rep.

When matchplay begins, it can get tense. At this point, winning matches is so important because having a mental advantage over your opponent is big. To me, that's the most exciting part of the PBA format. The personalities of the individual players come out and strategy becomes even more important.

By this time, the players have a good idea of how they are going to attack the lane. They are looking more for the advantage to carry. Usually the guy who matches up to the environment will find himself in the middle of the pack, while the guy who matches up and bowls well will be competing for the show.

The player who doesn't match up very well and bowls great usually is challenging for the title of "Trophy Boy"--which is not the same as Tournament Champion. Trophy Boy is the player who finishes in 24th place and sees his picture next to the picture of the trophy as they scroll through the match play contenders during the show.

One challenge I must help the bowlers overcome is that during matchplay, there is a lot less play on the lanes so they do not transition the same as they did in qualifying. It is not unusual to see big changes because of that.

After the first round, most of the field is still optimistic and looking for the extra edge, so it is not uncommon for me to drill equipment for the last day of matchplay.

Knowing that the lanes will not transition the same as they did in qualifying is part of the strategy...still, many bowlers will swear the conditions were changed because the could not play them like they did in qualifying.

My philosophy: There will be 52 cashers, 24 matchplay finalist, five will make the show, and I will win, so deal with it. I try to use this attitude to maintain the necessary focus needed to stay ahead of the transitions.

Everything comes together Friday, the day bowlers make their last changes. I have seen many great Friday bowlers: Mike Aulby, Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Norm Duke, Steve Hoskins, Jason Couch, Ricky Ward, and three of last year's rookie crop fit that mode, Pat Healey, Robert Smith, and Chris Barnes.

Then, of course, there are bowlers at the other end of the spectrum on Friday (I won't mention any names). Friday is what separates the bowlers. You can see it in their eyes. Some do not expect to be there, some are afraid to be there, and others just don't know how to handle success.

As a tour rep, I deal with them all, remembering that the mental game is more important now than ever. There are players who know how to get into the zone and there are those who struggle finding it.

I don't always have the answer, but I do my best to help them find it. After all, it takes a good lane and equipment strategy combined with great bowling and a confident state of mind to make the show the next day. My job is to make sure that's a guy with a Brunswick ball.

After the excitement of Friday night, it's time to get set for the show. That means more lane and equipment strategies, apparel choices, and a little R&R because you know you can sleep in the next morning.

Most shows are not until the next afternoon so you can use the next morning to catch up on whatever it might be that did not get done during the hectic week.

I normally show up an hour and a half before the telecast, because there are still a lot of factors to consider. The lights often make a big difference in ball reaction. How the players practice on the show pair prior to air time is important, too. We take all we learned during practice, matchplay and today, then fine-tune our strategy.

After all that, we'll still sometimes us a strategy that may not seem the best, but that the player feels more comfortable with.

When it's all over, I usually find myself in some sort of a funk. After all, I feel bad for several bowlers and occasionally feel good for one. It's tough, but rewarding.

After all, being a tour rep is more than getting your ball on the show, it's about people and special friends who bust their tails to reach a goal that only a few will attain. That's why when the week's done and the show's over, I can always look back and say I'm proud to be a tour rep.

*** PWBA/PBA ***
***** PWBA in Ohio for Visionary Bowling Products Classic *****
The bowlers of the PWBA tour are on their way to Lancaster, OH for the Visionary Bowling Products Classic. You can find pictures and updates at the host center's site: [Tiki Lanes Online] 1999 PWBA Tournament.

Bowlers will compete Sunday, September 26th through Thursday, September 30th, with an airdate of Monday, October 4th, 8 PM ET, on ESPN2. Keep updated round by round at PWBA Home.

***** Senior Tour Resumes *****
Joining the PWBA on the road this week, the Senior PBA Tour will begin its swing in Florida with the Naples Open on September 25th. Last year's event was cut short by Hurricane Georges, and Pete Couture was declared the winner after qualifying and a round of matchplay. Set the VCRs, as the tournament stepladder finals will air on ESPN2 on September 30th, from 2-3 PM ET. For more information, visit PBA Tour.

***** Pederson or Mark Williams for Hall of Fame *****
Randy Pederson and Mark Williams will face off in a match unlike others in their career, as the winner won't throw a single strike to win. The two will be vying for PBA Hall of Fame honors after neither received the required 2/3s vote necessary for induction. Bryan Goebel also was on the ballot, but due to the rule, the second ballot contains only the top-two vote getters. Pederson's 11 titles (including a PBA National Championship), and $925,000 in career earnings are up against Williams' seven titles (including two Tournament of Champions victories) and $1.1 million in his career. For more information, please read PBA Tour.

***** Awards *****
Bowlers in the sanctioned bodies of bowling--ABC, WIBC, and YABA--earned more honor score awards last year any season previously. The break downs can be found at Bowl ABC.

On a related note, two women share the award for highest 800 series in a season, tying at 846. Missy Miller and Kathy Coombs share the honors. More information can be found at Bowl WIBC.

*** Team USA ***
***** Success for Jr. Team USA *****
Junior Team USA represented the U.S. well last week in Ecuador, despite facing very different lane conditions and lack of modern bowling conveniences such as automatic scoring. The final results from their singles competition can be found at Bowl USA.

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PC) 4 5/8
Brunswick (BC) 25

***** Unique Jr. Pro Am at the ACDelco Challenge *****
Forget about those pro ams where your child bowls with three pros and goes home. Gary Beck and Killer "B" Promotions have created the Proprietor's Cup competition to bring teamwork back to junior pro ams. After bowling 3 scratch games in a singles event, bowlers in each of four age categories (8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-19) will join forces with a pro to form a Baker team to compete against children from other centers. Teams will bowl a total of 16 Baker games with 16 of the top PBA pros. Trophies will be awarded for both the singles and the Baker events. The event will be held in conjunction with the ACDelco Challenge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For more information, visit Killer 'B' Promotions.

*** And Finally ***
And that's all she wrote for this week. Join us next week as we begin October, and a salute to BVL (and if you don't know what that is, make sure to read KC next week), as well as keep you up to date on the pro tours and any other news from the bowling world. Send your story ideas to Bowling GSTDs. We'll consider every one.

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