About Petanque

A Bit of History


The current form of the pétanque game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat in southern France. The name pétanque comes from pès tancats meaning “feet together” or “feet anchored” in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language.

A casual form of the game of pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. Players participating in tournaments are usually licensed with the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FFPJP). There are some 375,000 licensees in France and some 3,000 in England. Another 20,000 or so play in Quebec. Pétanque is also played in Asia, in countries like Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Additionally, pétanque clubs like the Edmonds Petanque Club have appeared in cities throughout the United States in recent years.

Chris Guitton

Chris Guitton Cup


The cup was created in 2014 with the intent that it be presented annually to the winners of the Club’s league, which was also inaugurated that year.

It was named after Chris Guitton, who had passed away that year, in honor of him and all that he did to help establish and promote the Club and his many other contributions to the Edmonds community.

Each year the names of those winners are inscribed on the base of the cup.

In 2014 and 2015, Scott Bernhard and David Rockwell won the cup; Nabil Benali and Jack McHenry in 2016.