Michael Ladd was a high average junior bowler in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the Illinois Big Ten Championship bowling team and a Georgia State Invitational champion before becoming one of the most respected and consistent bowlers ever in this area.

In the Top 10 rankings of the Nation's Capital Area Bowling Association, Mike earned the No. 1 spot in the 1974-75 season and was second in 1975-76. He has nine other Top 10 finishes to his credit.

In the prestigious Invitational tournament, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Bowling Proprietors' Association, Mike was first in 1975 and twice was runner-up. He has two other Top 5 finishes in this event.

In other tournaments, he was a multi-time Top 10 finisher in the old Virginia All Stars and a two-time pro spot qualifier winner. He was first three times in Don May's Middle Atlantic All Star Bowling Association (MAASBA) events in the early 1980s, and he was the scratch doubles champion with his wife, Betty, in the 1980 Bowl Magazine Tournament.

League championships are nothing new to Mike. He's been a team champion in the Virginia Masters, and he's won seven titles in mixed league competition and six in men's leagues.

He had the best individual average in the Virginia Masters twice, and numerous times in his other leagues.

As a league officer in the Virginia Masters, Mike was president for two years, vice president for one year and served two years as its secretary-treasurer. When the Virginia Masters regrouped and became the Northern Virginia All Stars league at Annandale, Mike continued as secretary-treasurer for five years.

A former member of the NCABA board of directors, Mike was "NCABA Secretary of the Year" in the 1984-85. He has a high game of 289 and a 789 high series.

For his performance on the lanes and his contributions off them to promote the game he loves, the NCABA holds a deserving spot for Mike Ladd in its Hall of Fame.

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