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ERICKSON, Mike. (July 31, 1948-- ). In 1981 Erickson scored an 857 series with games of 300-258-299 at FISCHER LANES. This was the third highest series ever by a left-handed bowler in the United States and the highest in Iowa. His accomplishment led him to receiving the Ferd Lipovetz Memorial Award, presented annually to the member of the 700 Clubs of America who bowls the highest sanctioned series during the year.

Erickson had one one year of junior competition before beginning his bowling career in 1969 following military service. Since then he bowled three 300 games, four 299 games and had 297 series of 700 or better and four 800 totals.

Erickson competed in most of the Greater Iowa bowling tournaments. He won nine, more than anyone else, is was the top money winner. In state tournaments, he won the all-events with a score of 2047 and was second in the doubles in 1987. He was a member of the winning team in 1983. Erickson bowled in several P.B.A. national and regional tournaments. His best effort nationally was 26th place which included a 299 game. In a Great Lakes regional meet, he finished seventh, averaging 230.

In city tournaments, he set a scratch all-events record of 2094 in 1984. In ten years, he averaged better than 200 in 40 of 44 leagues in which he bowled. His high average was 228 in the 1982-83 season. In the 1987-88 season his averages in five leagues in three different establishments were 223, 221, 219, 215, and 213.

Erickson served twelve years on the Dubuque Bowling Association's Board of Directors and was president in 1987. He also served as vice president on the Dubuque Junior Board on which he served for eight years.

He was inducted into the Dubuque Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Iowa Bowling Hall of Fame in March, 1989.

Nomination Letter for Iowa State Bowling Association Hall of Fame