Vanderbilt head bowling coach John Williamson has announced the Commodores 2017-18 bowling schedule, one that consists of 10 regular season tournaments and features its own Columbia 300 Music City Classic in March. The Southland Bowling League championship has just been announced to be held in Dallas.
The season gets underway Oct. 27-29 at McKendree’s new tournament, the Brunswick Bearcat Open. That is followed by the Sam Houston State, Wisconsin-Whitewater and Maryland-Eastern Shore events in November before breaking for semester exams. A scheduling conflict kept Vandy from attending the UMES event last year but it has competed in that tournament more than any other in program history and at one point had won five titles in six years.
All of the spring tournaments are familiar ones on the Commodores’ schedule. The season resumes Jan. 12 with Arkansas State’s Mid-Winter Classic, followed by a trip to Pennsylvania for the Kutztown tournament and then back-to-back trips to the Lone Star State for Prairie View’s event at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington and Stephen F. Austin’s Lady Jack championship in Houston.
The Commodores will travel to New Jersey in early March for the Monmouth tournament and cap the regular season March 16-18 by hosting the Columbia 300 Music City Classic at the Smyrna Bowling Center, which has grown over the years to have the largest NCAA field in the country with 30 or more teams entered.
Vanderbilt is the defending champion at the Southland Bowling League finals, winning its second crown in three years last spring. It is also the defending champion at the Kutztown Invitational and finished third at the NCAA Championship.
This year’s national championship will be in St. Louis in mid-April with a new process to select the eight qualifying teams which includes a mixture of conference champions and at-large selections.
The Commodores return a veteran team, having only lost first-team All-American Giselle Poss from its starting lineup.