Shirley M. Sjostrom

Shirley started bowling in 1952 at Parkway Bowl in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has numerous city and state tournament titles including four Minneapolis City Tournament Titles; Actual Team in 1967, a Actual Singles Title, a Actual Doubles Title in 1969 with Georgene Cordes (HOF - 1986) and a Actual All Events Title in 1965. On the state level she has one actual team title in 1978-1979 with Diamond Fun Centers and two Actual All Events crowns coming in 1959 and 1975. She won twice in both the Minneapolis City 600 Club Tournament Singles and Minnesota State 600 Club Tournament Singles. In 1973 she won the WIBC National 600 Club Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada and in 1970 she won the WIBC National 700 Club Singles Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the World Invitational Tournament she represented Minnesota for three consecutive years (1961, 1962 and 1963). Representatives to this tournament were by invitation only. In the All Star Tournament and the US Open she represented Minnesota three times. Shirley was a charter member of the Ladies Central Bowlers Association (LCBA) and she was the winner of the first event in October, 1981 at the Village North Bowl. Her second title came in 1985 at Biltmore Bowl. She finished 2nd in singles at the 1973 WIBC National Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a 695 series. She teamed with Georgene Cordes to win the 1976 WIBC National Doubles Event held in Denver, Colorado, with a score of 1,232. Also, in 1976 she finished 2nd to Pam Buckner in the WIBC Queens National Tournament. She has won the Elsie's Lucky 13 Tournament Team Event in 1983, the Fraulein Kegle Double Event with Georgene Cordes in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the Golden Valley Lanes Tournament Doubles Division in 1969 with Georgene Cordes, she won two Tribune Classic Titles and she won the Doubles Event with her daughter Carol Aarestad in the Sundial Ladies Classic Tournament at Vilo Lanes in Waite Park, Minnesota. She has a high game of 299 rolled at St. Bernard's Lanes in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1961. Her high series is 761 during the 1969-1970 season, this series was the highest in the state of Minnesota until 1981. Her high year end average was 211 in 1967-1968 (second in the nation). She averaged over 200 for five consecutive years and in the 1967-1968 season she had four league averages over 200. Shirley accumulated 38 series of 700 or better up to the point of her induction.

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Superior Performance
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Womens' WIBC Hall of Fame