News from the “Pete”

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21, 2020: Petersen Bowlers and Fans – the official final standings for this year’s 110th edition of the Petersen Classic have been posted on the standings page of our website. Congratulations again to our new Champion Brian Waliczek from Frankenmuth, MI who claimed the top spot with his first place score of 1,627!

We’d like to share a SPECIAL thank you to all of our dedicated Squad Organizers and bowlers who participated as this was a very challenging year for everyone. Petersen bowlers wanted to bowl, so we knew we needed to do everything possible to make this year’s Classic happen. We hope that by doing so we were able to provide even the smallest sense of “normalcy” to the bowling community.

We will begin processing check this week. IMPORTANT: If your winnings exceeded a total of $600 we will need a W-9 form filled out in order to process your check. For those bowlers whom we do not have a W-9 on file (or if we did have a W-9 on file and your address has changed) you will be contacted by email. Please complete and return the W-9 as soon as possible to ensure a speedy payout of your prize money.

Thanks again to all Petersen Classic bowlers, Squad Organizers and fans for your continued support – we’ll see you next year at the Pete!

News from the “Pete”

UPDATED September 11, 2020: We have posted the “official” final position standings in each category for the 100th Petersen on our website. If you see an error or feel that something has been omitted, please contact us immediately! The deadline for contesting any posted standings will be the end of day on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: The posted standings do NOT reflect the actual number of positions being paid. We are currently finalizing the prize lists and will have those posted with the standings next week. Thanks again to everyone who supported the Pete in this most unusual year!

COVID-19 Update

UPDATED 8/6/2020: Good news for bowling and the Pete! Recently the state of Illinois changed the capacity restrictions for Bowling Centers, now allowing up to 200 people in the building. This change means we can now have spectators in the Petersen arena. Please note that because the Petersen arena is considered a separate room, we are allowed a maximum of 50 people in that area. As an example, if a squad is a full 32 bowlers, only an additional 18 people will be allowed in the Petersen arena. Any additional spectators are welcome to be in the building outside of the Petersen bowling area.

MASKS: The state of Illinois is still requiring masks to be worn in all indoor venues. Bowlers will need to wear a mask or face covering during check-in and any time they are away from the lanes (ordering food or beverage, going to the rest room, etc.). Masks do not need to be worn while bowling. Any spectators will be required to have masks on at all times while inside the Bowling Center.

We are very happy with these positive changes and ask all Petersen bowlers and spectators to adhere to the mandates set forth by the state of Illinois. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Pete!

COVID-19 Update

UPDATED 6/27/2020: The state of Illinois allowed Bowling Centers to re-open on June 26, 2020 with several restrictions. In order to adhere to the re-opening guidelines, we must enforce the following when bowling at the Petersen Classic in 2020:

• To remain under the 50 person limit, only bowlers participating in the Petersen will be allowed in the building while a squad is bowling. Unfortunately this means no spectators will be allowed.

• In the case of back-to-back squads, bowlers in the second squad will not be allowed inside the building until the prior squad is finished and all bowlers have vacated the building.
o As much as we love when bowlers stay after bowling and enjoy a beverage or handle their squad payouts, to keep the tournament moving we will need to ask all bowlers to vacate the building as soon as their squad has finished bowling.
o Squad Organizers for a squad coming in after a previous squad WILL be allowed to enter the building to begin the check-in process. After the Squad Organizer has checked in, we will begin to check-in remaining bowlers on the squad in groups of 8 until the squad has completely checked in.

• Unfortunately we will NOT be running the Lumberjack tournament this year. Our plan was to have the Lumberjack at the same location as the Pete, but with the 50 person limit there is no feasible way we could have a Pete squad and a Lumberjack squad taking place at the same time.

Additionally, to further adhere to the state of Illinois mandates and to ensure the safety of our bowlers, we will be instituting other social distancing and sanitation measures.

BOWLING BALLS: Our famed Petersen shopping carts will be taking a break this year to the COVID pandemic. For your safety and to help prevent any spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will not be moving each bowlers’ bowling balls into the Petersen arena. Each bowler will take their own equipment (maximum of two ball per Petersen rules) into the bowling area when the Golden Gates open.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: We will have signs posted within the Petersen arena and announcements made on bowling day regarding how we’ll be practicing social distancing while bowling. This will basically be a modified version of lane courtesy. With only two bowlers per lane at the Pete this should not cause any slowdown or be an inconvenience to anyone.

SANITIZING: All areas of the bowling center will be sanitized on a regular basis. The inside of the Petersen arena will also be sanitized in between squads. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for use by the bowlers.

MASKS: The state of Illinois is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor venues. Bowlers will need to wear a mask or face covering during check-in and any time they are away from the lanes (ordering food or beverage, going to the rest room, etc.). Masks do not need to be worn while bowling.

Finally, with these restrictions Bowlero River Grove will only be open to Petersen bowlers – there will be no open play or events going on at the same time. Our staffing may appear to be minimal, but everyone in the building will be working for our Petersen bowlers. Just as these changes will be new for you they will be new for us as well, so please be patient as we try to provide as close to a “normal” Petersen experience that our loyal Pete bowlers have come to expect.

These are certainly challenging times for all of us as we all try to get back to some state of normalcy. Please be assured that are working to have these restrictions eased, but we must comply with local regulations as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you.

News from the “Pete”

UPDATED MAY 20, 2020: As we work to determine exactly when the state and local authorities will allow bowling centers to re-open in Illinois, it is becoming more evident that we will not be able to make our June 5th target date for the start of the 2020 Petersen Classic. We have therefore pushed out our new starting date to be Saturday, June 27. All Squad Organizers of affected squads have already been contacted and we are working to reschedule their dates and times.

In a related note, the 2020 Petersen Classic will be returning to our Bowlero location in River Grove, IL for 2020. Due to COVID 19 and our centers being closed we were not able to secure the permits and 3rd party workers necessary to make the structural changes required to build the 18-lane Petersen arena in time for this year. The Petersen will be moving to Bowlero Mount Prospect in 2021.

In these challenging times everything is fluid and changing and we certainly appreciate the patience of our bowlers and fans as we work to get balls rolling again at the infamous Petersen Classic! If you have any questions regarding scheduling, please feel free to reach out to Trista Kimmes at 651-399-9339 or by email at We look forward to seeing everyone at the Pete!