Allstate Sugar Bowl BowlingThe 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 fifth annual edition of the Tulane-sponsored event (the fourth sponsored by the Sugar Bowl) took place December 2-4, 2016, at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La.
No. 16 Tulane bowling claimed the top spot at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Bowling Invitational. The Green Wave posted an 11-2 record, 14,312 pin total, and 207.4 pin average on their way to victory.
“We had phenomenal performances all three days, especially today where we beat two top-ten ranked teams. It’s a fantastic way to finish the semester” said head coach Hayley Veitch. “It’s an indescribable feeling to actually win the tournament you’re hosting. After five years, this is definitely a dream come true.”
A season long struggle to record wins on the first day of competition came to an end on Friday, with the squad going 3-1 in baker play. Tulane claimed wins against Southern, No. 24 Valparaiso, and Louisiana Tech, with their lone loss of the day coming against No. 23 UAB. After day one, Tulane was seeded second behind No. 5 Stephen F. Austin, with a 5,033-pin total and 201.32 pin average.
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The tournament opened 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 squared 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 concluded Sunday with tournament play. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, determined the champion. The top teams were 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.