at Kenwood High School know Chris Dotson as their technology education
teacher, but what they might not know is that he’s a pretty good bowler
too. Dotson just returned from the AMF’s $500,000 National In-League
Tournament in Las Vegas where he won $5,000.
“It was one of the best experiences I have ever had in any type of
tournament,” Dotson said. “I met so many different people. It was
Dotson is a 24-year-old Middle River resident and is new to the area
after moving from Binghamton, NY in August.
Bowling is in his blood as Dotson comes from a bowling family. He and
his sister started bowling when they were four years old. His
grandparents bowled, and his mom and dad are bowlers too.
“Bowling has always been a great bonding experience for me and my dad,”
When Dotson heard about the $500,000 tournament, he decided to try to
cash in on his love for the sport. He started off by finishing first at
the local tournament in Middle River. Then he went to the regional
tournament in Delaware where he finished first again and qualified for
the national tournament in Las Vegas. His success continued out there
as he finished fourth in his division, which is out of 27 bowlers.
Dotson even surprised himself alittle that he was able to compete with
the best bowlers in the country.
“I didn’t have high expectations of winning the tournament. I just
wanted to go for the experience,” Dotson added. “But when I finished
fourth place, that was pretty cool.”
He plans to put some of the $5,000 into a savings bond and
will use the rest of the money to pay for education to receive his
master’s degree. He will also continue his bowling career every week at
AMF in Middle River.