Mon, June 29. 2020

The Dutchman Bolony Bowling Tourney is saddened to announce we have made the difficult decision to not continue the 72nd 2020 Dutchman Bolony Bowling Tournament.  The tournament was able to bowl one weekend in March.  We are working on the details of prize distribution.  More information on final standings later. 

After exhaustively researching information concerning our current situation, we have regretfully concluded that it simply is not feasible to host an event of the Dutchman Tournament’s scope and caliber during these difficult and unsafe times.  Given the current challenges of travel, the constraints of social distancing, and the possibility that the bowling centers could be closed at the last minute by state officials weighed heavily into our decision.   What was of upmost importance to us is the ability to provide a safe environment for our officials, center staff and competitors.  

Factors that weighed into our decision:

  • Bowlers hail from all over the mid-Atlantic region.  The current trend of rising virus numbers and “hot-spot” areas defined through contact tracing.  We do not want to jeopardize the reputation and/or livelihood of the tournament or either of the bowling centers should the virus be linked back to a participant or staff member.   More so I’m sure neither center would want to close again, due to local government enforcement if an uptick in cases occurs. 
  • Face coverings, masks, are required by the Governor of PA to enter all businesses.  While masks are required in common areas, you would not have to wear a mask to bowl.   Ideally you would re-mask while waiting your turn to bowl.  Not the kind of environment we strive to provide for our bowlers.
  • Recent reports of an uptick in cases involving people who were within an enclosed area for a prolonged time.  Squads are 3-4 hours indoors.  This past weekend FL shut down all bars in the state.  Pittsburgh announced that alcohol may not be served, except for take-out.   These situations arose from many people in an enclosed environment and not practicing social distancing. We think we will be able to provide enough space to accomplish this but feel it will be challenging to have participants adhere to the policy.
  • Scheduling statistics show the rapid decline
    Date                     # Teams               # Dbls Pairs
    2019 Final #s      1212                     3294
    March 29             1196                     3253
    April 27                940                       2532
    May 23                639                       1676
    June 29                423                       1037      Most of these are reservations, not actual entries
  • Bowling centers were granted to open at 50% occupancy with 6’ social distancing when the county they reside in went to Green Phase.  While it is possible to still operate the tournament, there are many variables that would need to be addressed:
  1. Masks
  2. Check-in process
  3. Social distancing for participants
  4. Use one lane or two – We only considered using pairs to bowl
  5. Can spectators attend
  6. Cleaning after squads
  7. Squad segregation – waiting in vehicle, until prior squad leaves, to enter building.  Cleaning the building.  Organizing the participants to enter the building in a safe manner, 6 ft apart.
  8. We pride ourselves on Pennsylvania Dutch hospitality.  Unfortunately, this would not be the case this year.  We hope to continue our “friendliest tournament around” status for many years to come!  

Refund and 2021 Reservation Information

  • Request A Refund – I ask group leaders to send me an email requesting a refund.  I will be working on refunds throughout the next week.  For groups of 20+ bowlers, we can send the individual bowlers a check or one check to the group leader.  Please include your preference in the email.  If you know of any address changes, please send them as well.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Carry Funds Over to 2021 - Groups can carry their paid entry fees over to 2021.  I will begin to schedule for 2021 when I have all refunds returned and the finalization of the 2020 tournament complete.
  • 2021 Advance Reservations - will be accepted immediately.  Email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Squad confirmations for 2021 will be posted at

I respect everyone has an opinion. I have kept the faith for months.I hoped and prayed that the tournament could safely start by July.The data above outweighs the pros of hosting the tournament.I am saddened that I will not get to see all the bowlers this year!I feel grateful for our group leaders who worked hard to organize groups only to have the tournament cancelled.These leaders are one of the biggest reasons our tournament is thriving.Their time spent this year is most appreciated and they have a special place in my heart.

I appreciate your support and friendship over the years.    We will see you in 2021!  Stay safe.

Amy Eiserman

Dutchman Tourney Manager
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For advanced reservations or applications by snail mail, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complete Application with Rules

Entry Form  Download this one page form to enter the tournament

Bringing a Substititue Bowler?  Use this form ...

Do you have a bowler younger than 18 bowling in the tournament?  You must complete an parental consent form prior to bowling


Want to Reserve a date for 2020?  Check our 2020 Dutchman Schedule of available dates and times, then email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your name, address, phone and dates.  Don't forget how many teams or doubles pairs.


PLEASE NOTE - Bowlers may CASH only once per event in the highest division. Events are: Singles, Doubles, Bolony Bank, Team, Optional Singles Team and Optional Singles Doubles.

For example, a senior woman bowler has a possibility of cashing in 6 events in the singles division. Singles handicap, singles ladies, singles scratch, singles senior handicap, singles senior ladies and singles senior scratch. Which ever division she would receive the highest monetary award is where she will be placed for prize money distribution.

Team Event & Optional Singles will bowled at Clearview Lanes in Mt. Joy, PA Singles, Doubles and Bolony Bank (All-Events) are held at Palmyra Bowling in Palmyra, PA

The Official 2019 Dutchman Tourney standings are posted and checks were mailed on Sept 3, 2019, to the squad sponsors (or team captain)