The Peterson

If you know that I bowl a lot, and you know what The Peterson is, you’re either laughing or cringing right now, and it’s entirely possible that you’re doing a little bit of both.

The Peterson is an annual bowling tournament held at AMF Hoffman Lanes just outside Chicago, and it’s well known as one of the hardest bowling tournaments in the world.  And there’s a good reason for it, it is.

There are no arrows on the lanes (most people use the arrows to line up their shot), the pins are offset on nearly every lane, some of the lanes are so dry that my plastic ball was hooking 12-15 boards, and then some other lanes are so oily that the strongest ball you can buy won’t wrinkle on them.  You get no practice, bowl 8 games across 16 lanes, and every lane is different.  I bowled like shit and averaged a whopping 149 for 8 games (when I normally average 215+ on a normal shot).

I haven’t had more fun in months.

The only even remotely annoying part of the experience was the drive to and from Chicago (keep in mind that I live in Northeast Ohio).  But all things considered I had a great time bowling this weekend, and I can’t wait until next year to bowl in it again.

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  1. Well congratulations on having fun, at any rate. It sounds like a truly fun idea. I went bowling for the first time in decades a few months back and really enjoyed it. Need to start going regularly again.

  2. That sounds like a chaotic tournament! How many people took part?

    • We had a full squad of 32 people. It’s actually one of the bigger bowling tournaments in the country, it runs for several months with quite a few squads every day that it runs. This year is the 103rd running of the tournament and I don’t see it stopping any time soon.


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