Mike Aulby

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Mike Aulby (born March 25, 1960, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a left-handed bowler and former member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He is one of only three PBA bowlers to win both a Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year award. (Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes are the others.)

PBA career[edit]

Aulby joined the PBA Tour in 1978 and captured his first title and Rookie of the Year honors in 1979. He would go on to win 18 titles in the 1980s, nine in the 1990s, and one more in 2001, giving him 29 titles in all for 8th place all-time. The victory at the 2001 Silicon Valley Open also made him the first bowler in history to win at least one regular PBA Tour title in four decades. (Dick Weber and Johnny Petraglia have PBA titles in six decades, but each needed PBA Senior Tour wins in the fourth, fifth and sixth decades.) Pete Weber became the second by winning the 2012 U.S. Open.

Aulby was named PBA Player of the Year in 1985 and 1995. In 1989, he collected a then-record $298,237 in winnings.

Among Aulby's 29 titles are eight major championships. The eight majors place him in a tie with Walter Ray Williams Jr. for 3rd most all-time. Only Earl Anthony (10) and Pete Weber (10) have won more major titles. Aulby is one of only six bowlers to capture the PBA career "Triple Crown" (winning the U.S. Open, PBA National Championship and Tournament of Champions) -- and along with Norm Duke , the only of the six to add the ABC Masters title for a career "Grand Slam."

In the 1993 Wichita Open, Aulby rolled a nationally-televised 300 game to win the title over David Ozio, 300-279.[1] This marked just the second time a nationally-televised 300 game was rolled in a title match (after Bob Benoit).

Aulby was known as a true gentleman on tour. "Reserved, thoughtful, and pleasant, he's as polite when he's losing as when he's winning."[2] This led to him winning the PBA's Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award two times.

Awards and recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feldman, Michelle. "Paying the price for III-timed perfection...The Match I'll Never Forget." Bowling Digest, April, 2003.
  2. ^ "Not Fade Away: Mike Aulby, Champion Bowler Interview", Lyle Zikes, Bowling Digest, June, 2001.