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Michael G. Turnbull

For nearly 20 years, Mike Turnbull has been collecting bowling trophies in the Greater Akron area and throughout the state for his triumphs on the bowling lanes. His greatest accomplishment in the sport came in 1979, when he teamed with Jack Wilson to win the American Bowling Congress (ABC) National Doubles Championships in Tampa, FL. It was the highlight of a series of victories on the lanes by the Tallmadge electrician. Turnbull¹s career numbers tell the story for the Akron native: high season average of 234, high three-game series of 856, which included back-to-back 300 games, 34 perfect games and 23 series of 800 or better. Twice Turnbull has been Akron Men¹s Bowling Association all events champion and teamed with Dean Billings twice to capture the doubles title. Turnbull has been Akron Open singles champion twice, joined with Billings to take the doubles champion three times and in 1988 won the Stark County Masters Tournament. In the Ohio Mayor Federation competition, Turnbull won four singles titles and two doubles championships which earned him nominations to the tournament all-star teams five times. Bowling is not the only sport in which he has excelled. In his younger days he came out of the highly successful wrestling program at Akron North High School to earn four letters at The University of Akron. As a senior he finished fourth in the 158-pound class to earn All-America honors at the 1974 NCAA College Division Championships, ending his collegiate career with 43 wins, three losses and three draws.

Inducted 1998 | Bowling