Miltown Bowling Tournament


Milwaukee, WI, May 9, 2009

You may know of good friends engaging in similar leisure pursuits, but I know of a core coterie of bowling enthusiasts intermingling amongst the tri-states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This coterie consists of mixtures of Southeast Asian ethnicities from Laotians, Khmers, Chinese, Hmongs, and Vietnamese players partaking in what many may deem similar to as a traveling league—a very far and arduous distance from my hometown of Saint Paul might I add. Amid this group were about 30-40 members, growing larger with each passing year, and their ultimate goal is to outwit one another in a friendly free-for-all battle of bowling, to distinguish the best from the rest. Their latest venture was held in Milwaukee this Saturday May 9, 2009 at the AMF Bowlero Lanes.

Everyone came abundantly equipped, as each participator in this tourney came prepared with their own accessories as well as other miscellaneous accompaniments that came along with bowling, which included several or more of the followings: personal bowling shoes—not like the stinky used house loaners you usually get; to the bulky bowling bags, some wheels strolled to some fashionable tote-sized carriers holding one of a kind individually tailored bowling balls—some balls more ostentatious than others; to a wide array of knick knacks from personal wrist-braces, gloves, to the colorful resin grip bags, and protection tapes for the thumbs and fingers; and lastly, to the delicate cares in pampering their bowling babies with the usage of oil-free towels in preserving the cleanliness of their bowling balls from the excess oil.

These bowlers weren’t the novice individuals using house balls; these were players that have been slowly perfecting their game with practice. Their games were purely as magical and consistent with Xs and marked 9s with slashes in scores upward to the 200+ on every single game played. Most bowlers were achieving high scores as good as the pros playing through the PBA (Professional Bowling Association) tours.

Here are the champs of the day:

1st Place: TKO
2nd Place: Tou Yang
3rd Place: Tied between Sunny Her and Zathia’s a proponent of all sports, none neither too big nor too small for us to handle. If you’d like us to attend a sport outing, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]



  1. tennis

    July 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    you guys are not consistent with all the sports. only keeping to the mainstream stuff like flag football and soccer. typical. a lot more people would come if the site is updated regularly. good luck

  2. Keng Lo

    November 27, 2016 at 3:12 AM

    To whom it may concern,

    I would like to ask the editor of this piece to go and revisit this topic. The sport of bowling has grown vastly in our communities nationwide. We now have a network from just about every major state with Asians, not just Hmong, that competes, socialize, and networks together over the past 7+ years. Just about each of those states have a major tournament once a year, if not more. It ranges from as far north as the Midwest, down to the deep south of NC, out to the west coast of California, and even to the tops of Colorado. There’s even a scheduled timeline of their respective tournament dates. The comradery have been established thanks to the great hosts from each of these areas and their great local support. You can find out more about this on our Facebook pages. Please visit us there under the groups:
    -Hmong Bowling Association
    -Asian Bowling Association
    -Asian Bowling Club
    -300 Bowling Club.

    I highly encourage you to write another piece on this and feel free to contact us for more information. Thank you!

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