Born: November 4, 1980
Hometown: Greenlawn, New York
Joined Tour: 2002
Total Championships Won: 4
Major Championships Won (1):
- 2011-2012 USBC Masters, Las Vegas, Nevada
Awards and Honors:
- 1997 Teen Masters Champion
- Three-time Collegiate All-American (St. John's)
- Four-time Academic All-American (St. John's)
Mike Fagan, born in New York and now residing in Dallas, always looked like he could some day be a force on the PBA Tour. Then, during the 2011-2012 season, that some day arrived, and he is unquestionably one of the top bowlers on Tour and someone who has a chance to win every tournament he enters.
Fagan’s 2011-2012 PBA Tour Season
Fagan emerged as one of the best bowlers in the world during the 2011-2012 PBA Tour season. He won his first career major title by defeating Chris Barnes in the finals of the USBC Masters, then nearly won the U.S. Open, falling to Pete Weber by a single pin, 215-214.
With his near-perfect record of making it to match play and cashing in just about every event, Fagan topped the six-figure mark in earnings for the first time in his career and put his name into contention for PBA Player of the Year.
The Argyle Assassin, as he’s sometimes known, has been a steady performer on the PBA Tour since joining in 2002. He’s made it to TV at least once every year since 2005 and broke the $80,000 mark in earnings for the first time in 2009, a feat he accomplished again the following year.
He had a down season in 2010-2011 as compared to his previous two seasons, but with his performances throughout the 2011-2012 season, he’s proving that was merely a brief respite in his career.
College and International Competition
Fagan, who won the 1997 Teen Masters Championship, bowled for St. John’s University from 1998 to 2002, earning Collegiate All-American honors three of those years and Academic All-American honors all four years. After graduation with a degree in finance, he joined the PBA Tour.
He’s also represented Team USA on a number of occasions in international competition and won team gold, trios silver and singles bronze in the 2011 PABCON Championships.
Style and Attributes
Fagan is considered a power tweener who uses an unmistakable high backswing, which he makes look effortless while he throws the ball with incredible consistency and precision.
His ability to loft the ball combined with his mid-level rev rate make him extremely versatile on the lanes. He’s typically able to perform well on any lane condition due to his willingness to make adjustments and his ability to do so.