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 eighth annual edition of the Tulane-hosted event (the seventh sponsored by the Sugar Bowl) was contested October 18-20, 2019, at Colonial Lanes in Harahan, La.
The 16-team invitational was one of the top collegiate bowling events in the country, featuring nine teams ranked in the NTCA Preseason Top 25, including seven teams ranked in the top 15, including host Tulane University and its 14th-ranked squad.
Sam House State reaffirmed itself as the dominant team in the event by winning its fourth title in the eight years of the tournament’s existence. The Bearkats held off Vanderbilt, the preseason No. 1 team in the nation as well as nine other nationally-ranked programs. Sam Houston also won the title in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
In addition to the Bearkats (preseason No. 5) and No. 1 Vanderbilt, last year’s national runner-up, the field included second-ranked Stephen F. Austin, the reigning national champion, No. 7 Maryland Eastern Shore, No. 8 North Carolina A&T, No. 13 Lincoln Memorial, No. 14 Tulane, No. 17 Louisiana Tech and No. 19 UAB.
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.