Hall of Fame Pro Bowler, Mike Aulby, will be at Bowlaway Lanes in Knox tonight to help promote the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.
Mike Aulby captured his first title and was named Rookie of the Year in 1979 when he entered the PBA tour. He talks about how we got started in his bowling career.
“I started in 1979 on the tour, but I actually started bowling when I was 12 and tagged along with my sister,” said Aulby. “I bowled all the way through Youth League and was in the National Youth Championships in 1978. I started the tour in 1979 and was in for 26 years before I retired in 2004.”
Since then, he has gathered 29 titles and has 50 sanctioned 300, or perfect, games. He remembers one match where he rolled such a game.
“The most exciting one I ever bowled in was the 1993 Wichita Open and that’s where I shot a perfect 300 game in a title match to win 300-279 to David Ozio.”
That match marked only the second time a 300 game was bowled during a nationally-televised event.
He says he now just bowls for fun.
“I do charity events. We do the Jeff Gordon tournament and do Meals on Wheels benefits and just charity stuff pretty much anymore.”
And he owns his own bowling center.
“I have a bowling center in Lafayette, Indiana named Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl. I am also the operating partner in two ice skating rinks in Carmel and Westfield.”
You can meet Mike Aulby and help support Junior Achievement tonight at Bowlaway Lanes on U.S. 35 in Knox beginning at 6:00 p.m. He will autograph pictures for free and he will be available to answer your questions and hopefully demonstrate his skills in the sport of bowling.