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 second annual edition of the Tulane-sponsored event (the first sponsored by the Sugar Bowl) was held Oct. 18-20 at the AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, La.
The three-day tournament featured 11 schools, including four nationally ranked programs. Sam Houston State, last year's tournament winner, returned to defend its title and was ranked sixth in the in the preseason National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, while Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M and Bethune-Cookman also opened the season ranked, ninth, 19th and 20th, respectively. In addition to those four schools, the field included Louisiana Tech, Florida A&M, Alabama State, Texas Southern, Jackson State and the Green Wave.
Stephen F. Austin University (pictured right) captured the title at the 2013 event. The Ladyjacks defeated sixth-ranked Sam Houston to claim the tournament title. Alabama State placed third and Texas Southern was fourth, while the host, Tulane University, finished in eighth place.
2013: Stephen F. Austin Wins Allstate Sugar Bowl Bowling Invitational
"For the second straight year we are able to host a great field for this event," third-year Tulane head coach Hayley Veitch said. "We are very excited to be able to bring some of the top bowling teams in the nation into our city. We know the competition is going to be tough, but this field will be a great gauge to see where our team stands early in the season."
The tournament opened on Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. with 5x4 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 at 10:30 a.m. 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 a tournament at 8:30 a.m. The tournament, consisting of Best 4-of-7 Baker matches, determined the champion. The 11 teams were seeded based on the performance on 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.
The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through all of its year-round slate of events, the organization has generated over $2 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.
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