On the Ball
Pro Shop Insights by Mickey “Mr. 800” Higham
It’s the 3rd week of bowling for most leagues and the new lanes are producing some great scores and positive comments. The biggest difference for many bowlers is less hook, this will help with control but may cause less carry and lower scores. We have found that a more aggressive surface on bowlers balls has helped fix this.
All balls come from the factory with a surface preparation that matches the weight block, over time that surface changes with wear and oil absorption
If your ball is under performing stop by and talk with Bill or Mickey for a free equipment evaluation.
For those of you that are not familiar with Mickey, here is a brief list of his accomplishments in bowling (not totally up to date). He was also on the National Hall of Fame Ballot a few years ago but unfortunately at the same time as Pete Weber and Mike Aulby so he just missed that honor.
Bowling Green, OH
Born; Chicago, Ill – March 15, 1947
ABC Tournament Accomplishments
1973 3rd Classic Team 690-3,019
1974 3rd Classic Team 673-3,034
1974 4th Classic All Events 2,066
1977 1st Singles Classic 801
1977 3rd Classic All Events 1,928
1990 4th Singles 778
1991 7th Doubles 727-1450
2001 17th (t) Singles 300-750
2002 All Events 1960
2003 23rd All Events 2073
44 Year Average 205
Masters Average 60 Games 207
Professional Bowlers Association
Eight Regional Titles
Ten Senior Regional Titles
Nine National and two Senior PBA top 5 finishes
Midwest PBA Regional Senior Bowler of the Year 2002 and 2003
Over $250,000 in lifetime PBA winnings (thru 2003)
State & Regional Championships
1980 Missouri Bowling Assoc. All Events
1981 Missouri Bowling Assoc. Team
1984 Charlotte, NC, BA Doubles
1988 Georgia Bowling Assoc. All Events
Other Awards and Honors
1964-65 Kansas City, MO Bowler of the Year
- All Star Team
- All Star Team
1988-89 Atlanta, GA Bowler of the Year
Season High Average 235
800 Series 11 Sanctioned 13 Unsanctioned PBA etc.
300 Games 24 Sanctioned 28 Unsanctioned PBA 300’s
1975-1984 Co-Host Professional; Professional Bowling Camps, Sheboygan, WI.
Faculty Advisor, Tom Kouros Institute of Professional Bowling Instruction.
2002-present Teaching Professional at Al-Mar Lanes, Bowling Green, OH
In a lifetime spent in bowling, it is my belief that this is the greatest game in the world. I am very excited to see the recent interest in Sport Bowling, which I feel will help restore the integrity in competitive bowling.