Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowling
The Allstate Sugar Bowl added another sport to its sponsorship portfolio in the fall of 2013 when it added the title sponsorship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational. The sixth annual edition of the Tulane-sponsored event (the fifth sponsored by the Sugar Bowl) was played October 20-22, 2017, at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La. Participating teams included Tulane, Alabama A&M, Bethune Cookman, Duquesne, Florida A&M, Jackson State, Lincoln Memorial, Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, UAB, Valparaiso and Sam Houston State.
The fifth-ranked Sam Houston State Bearkats held off a hard-charging Tulane Green Wave team to capture the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational title, their third championship in the past four years. Stephen F. Austin’s Stephanie Schwartz (245.60 average) was named tournament MVP. Taylor Russell of UAB (234.40), and Stephanie Zavala (231.20) and Madysen Keller (219.20) of Sam Houston State joined Tulane freshman Madison McCall on the All-Tournament Team.
- 2017: Sam Houston State Snags Sugar Bowl Title for Third Time
- 2016: Tulane Crowned Champion At Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowling Invitational
- 2015: Sam Houston State Defends Title at Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowling Invitational
- 2014: Sam Houston State Earns Title at Sugar Bowl Bowling Invtiational
- 2013: Stephen F. Austin Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowling Invitational
In a typical year, the tournament opens on Friday with 5×4 Baker games. In the Baker format, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once five frames are completed, the team members will remain on the same lane and complete the starting member order again, with frames six through 10 being completed. This pattern of play will continue until all 10 frames of a game are completed. No changes can be made in the order of players after the start of a game, except for substitutes, although once a bowler has been pulled from the game they are not allowed to return until the next game.
The teams then square off on Saturday with five team-games. In the five-person team game, starting members of the competing teams will successively and, in regular order, bowl one frame on one lane. Once completed, the team members shall move to the alternate lane of the competition pair. This pattern of play continues until all 10 frames of a game are complete. The same substitution rules as Baker will apply.
The tournament concludes Sunday with tournament play. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, determined the champion. The top teams will be seeded based on the performance from Friday and Saturday.
The NCAA first sanctioned a women’s bowling championship in 2004. The collegiate bowling season is the winter with the championship played in April, featuring teams from Division I, Division II and Division III all competing in the same bracket. Tulane has sponsored a women’s bowling team since 2011.