Petersen Classic

Founded by Louis P. Petersen, this is the oldest privately-sponsored tournament in bowling.  The Petersen has also paid out some of the sport’s largest prizes.  The format is eight games, total pins.  From 1921 through 1993, the tournament was held in Chicago; some years a second Classic was staged in other cities like Cleveland or Detroit (x).  Starting in 1994, the Petersen has been based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. 

1921  Harry Steers, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1629

1922  Dom DeVito, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1605

1922xLouis Levine, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1588

1923  Bill Wernicke, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1719

1923xDom DeVito, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1695

1924  Frank Kartheiser, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1702

1924xJohn Ryan, Waukegan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1691

1925  Jimmy Smith, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1720

1925xHank Marino, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1716

1926  Joe Fliger, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1759

1926xSykes Thoma, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1810

1927  Dom DeVito, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1924

1927xJimmy Smith, Brooklyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1776

1928  Ben Bernicchi, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1742 (a)

Mel Schwoegler, Madison. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1685 (b)

Tom Cooney, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1625 (c)

1929  Ben Bernicchi, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1818

1930  Jake Lenzen, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1747

1931  Charley Daw, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1837

1932  Frank Benkovic, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1787

1933  Kurt Pagel, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . .(5 games)1178

1934  Mort Lindsey, Stamford, CT . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1762

1935  (not held)

1936  (not held)

1937  (not held)

1938  Tommy Brinovec, LaSalle, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1647

1939  Eddie Zajac, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1745

1940  Frank Zion, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1750

1940xNelson Burton, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1744

1941  John Ryan, Waukegan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1801

1941xVince Mikiel, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1791

1942  Cass Grygier, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1807

1942xRuss Gersonde, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1813

1943  Clare Edinger, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1710

1943xNed Day, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1773

1944  John Farkas, Toledo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1658

1944xRuss Gersonde, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1751

1945  Therman Gibson, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1615

1946  Adolph Carlson, Chiocago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1652

1946xTony Sparando, Rego Park, NY . . . . . . . . . . . .1799

1947  Buddy Bomar, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1750

1947xBuddy Bomar, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1701

1948  Emil Wansa, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1716

1949  Bill Williams, Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1680

1950  Tom Hennessey, St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1651

1951  John Quinzi, Rochester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1596

1952  Fred Riccilli, Los Angeles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1707

1953  Rudy Pugel, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1649

1954  Joe Kapella, Kent, OH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1637

1955  Don Ellis, Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1622

1956  Jerry Dutler, Mankato, MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1690

1957  Greg Griffo, Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1668

1958  Bob Crawford. Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1659

1959  Don Bartz, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1703

1960  Dick Robinette, Charleston, WV . . . . . . . . . . . . 1698

1961  Dale Whistler, Dayton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1689

1962  John McDermott, Ardmore, PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1676

1963  Randy Aubert, Broadview, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1677

1964  Bob Thiel, Hobart, IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1684

1965  Richard Larson, Palatine, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1654

1966  Herschel Begley, Detroit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1665

1967  Ed Takacs, Cleveland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1678

1968  Mike Berlin, Muscatine, IA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1654

1969  Anthony Fiore, New Lexington, OH. . . . . . . . . . . 1702

1970  Jerry Lizzi, Sandusky, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1679

1971  Albert Gayan, Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1697

1972  Leonard Kazmierczak, Toledo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1714

1973  George Wade, Steubenville, OH. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1728

1974  Darrell Miller, Buffalo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1698

1975  Richard Stack, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1682

1976  Buddy DeLuca, Pittsburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1731

1977  Gary Mitchell, Marine City, MI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1704

Joe Veres, Toledo . . . . . . . . .   (elimination champion)

1978  Mickey Carl, St. Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1664

1979  Doug Reid, Alfred Station, NY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1671

1980  Ralph Slaber, Jr, Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1627

1981  Phil Ware, Knoxville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1659

1982  Joe Rempert, Apple Valley, MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1650

1983  Kyle Pinkalla , Sister Bay, WI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1639

1984  Bill Slade, Mount Clemens, MI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1659

1985  Paul Malzewski, Milwaukee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1654

1986  Charles Wallis, Fridley, MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1620

1987  Buddy DeLuca, Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1701

1988  Don Breeden, Dakota City, IA. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1731

1989  Bill Kirschenbaum, Omaha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1712

1990  Dean Billings, Akron. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1702

1991  Gregg Muenchow, Waukesha, WI . . . . . . . . . . . . 1679

1992  Doug Kingery, Altwater, MN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1616

1993  Lee Snow, Farmington, MI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1589

1994  Terry Shierry, Bronson, MI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1550

1995  Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, OH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1579

1996  Dave Armstrong, Oak Lawn, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1712

1997  Jeff Crowley, Evansville, IN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1733

1998  Craig Harrington, Kearns, UT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1610

1999  Ron Pollard, Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1625

2000  Steve Gard, Elkhart, IN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1603

2001  Kevin Sellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1683

2002  Clarence Kass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1665

2003  Jack Laffey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1642

2004  Scott Kelley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1588

2005  Tim Larke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1607

2006  Tom Adcock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1595

2007  Chad Kloss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1657

2008  Ryan Kohlmeyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1632

2009  Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1645

18 Responses to “Petersen Classic”

  1. orangey Says:

    Great blog. My grandfather was Bob Crawford who won the 1958 Peterson. Great to see his name on here. Keep up the good work!

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Since I’m not from Detroit, I never saw Bob Crawford bowl. But I heard his name often when I was getting started in the early ’60s. I know that he also bowled in the NBL and with the Strohs, so that says lots about his ability. Glad you like the blog!
      –JRS

  2. orangey Says:

    Hey JR…you are correct! He bowled with Stroh’s for many years and was the anchor on some of those great teams. He was great friends with Bob Strampe. After he passed away I was given his 300 ring. One of my most prized possessions. Thanks again.

  3. lawrence h. Geromin Says:

    WHERE WAS BOB CRAWFORD THE TEACHING PRO?
    WHAT LANES IN DETROIT?
    I HAVE A PICTURE OF A BOWLING LEAGUE WITH A SIGN BEHIND THEM BOASTING HE WAS THE TEACHING PRO THERE.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      I don’t know the answer to that one. But since Bob Crawford’s grandson has visited this blog, maybe he can give us that info.
      –JRS

  4. Gary Takacs Says:

    Thanks for posting this information about the Peterson Classic. My Dad is Edward Takacs, the 1967 winner. He posted his wining score in April and we had to wait until August to find out if his score held up, which it did! Winning the Petterson Classic changed all of our lives!

  5. Nicoele Says:

    My Dad, Darrell Miller is the 1974 Winner

  6. Mark Says:

    JR thanks so much for posting. Is there any place on the web I can find the standing for each year? Looking for my dad’s info from the late 60’s.

    Thanks,
    Mark

  7. joseph ayala Says:

    how about if you had a picture taken at the Petersen’s and you didn’t pick it up how do you get it….

  8. RRay Says:

    my first Petersen game in 1976 was 195 without a double. clean. I cashed in a few of them. maybe went to 5 of them. joe rempert – 1982 champ- bowled with me in Springfield, VA for years before he went in 82. he was a 160ish average bowler up to that year but, never saw him after he won In ’82.

    I miss Archer Rec and haven’t tried it since it moved. hope they keep it really difficult. I’ll get back there to win it soon. count on it.

    ray

  9. drpepperforever Says:

    There was a story going round that Earl Anthony threw a ball or two at the old place, then immediately packed his gear and left.

  10. drpepperforever Says:

    Now based at the Mount Prospect Bowlero.

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