LTU to host NAIA national bowling championship
SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University will host some 200 bowlers and bowling coaches from around the nation this weekend in the national bowling championship tournament of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Both the men’s and women’s bowling teams at LTU are ranked in the top five in the nation, and will be participating in the event, which begins Thursday at Five Star Lanes in Sterling Heights. The top 10 ranked men’s and women’s bowling teams in the NAIA will attend.
LTU athletic director Scott Trudeau said no spectators are being allowed in the event, but those interested can watch online at this link.
LTU was set to host the NAIA bowling championship tournament last year, but the event was cancelled at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’ll be a weird national championship for sure, with only student-athletes and coaches and no fans there, but we’re just happy that 20 teams get to compete for a national championship,” Trudeau said.
All of the student-athletes and coaches will be staying at the same hotel in Troy, and all will undergo COVID-19 testing prior to competition on Wednesday. Teams that are still competing on Friday will be tested again. Lawrence Tech nursing students will assist with testing.
The championship begins with a series of Baker games, in which different bowlers on the teams roll different frames of a game, and then proceeds to bracket elimination competition Friday.
Trudeau thanked the Detroit Sports Commission, Five Star Lanes and the Troy Marriott for their help in securing the tournament for LTU.
“We’re a perennial bowling powerhouse at Lawrence Tech, and that helped too,” Trudeau said.
The NAIA is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in North America. For the 2020–21 season, it has 249 member institutions.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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