Kutztown Athletics

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- For the first time in NCAA women's bowling history, a regular-season tournament will be broadcast live from start to finish on bowl.com, the official website of the United States Bowling Congress.

The 2011 Kutztown Invitational will feature 28 teams including 13 of the top 20 teams in the country and will take place Jan. 28-30 at Hiester Lanes in Reading, Pa.

Coverage of the event will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28 with six four-game Baker format matches and will continue on Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m. with six five-player team matches. The bracket competition, which features best-of-seven Baker matches, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 30.

“We look forward to a successful broadcast of this NCAA event and are constantly looking at more opportunities to promote the USBC and NCAA's partnership in bowling,” USBC Collegiate Manager Gary Brown said. “This is just one more example of USBC's dedication to promoting all aspects of college bowling, including NCAA competition.”

USBC has provided coverage of two USBC Collegiate events already and will wrap up regular-season coverage on Feb. 19-20 at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis.

Postseason events that will be shown live on bowl.com include the NAIA Invitational from April 1-3, the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships from April 21-23 and the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships on May 23-24.

Since its debut in 2009, more than a half a million bowling fans have tuned in to watch free live bowling events on the website.

“I think it's huge for KU to host an event like this,” Kutztown University head bowling coach Joe Ambrose said. “We are fortunate that our part of Pennsylvania is a good location for teams to get to. I have envisioned doing this [webcasting the event] for a while, and Gary Brown was instrumental in helping get this done. The fact that anyone around the world can watch us is truly an amazing opportunity for this NCAA sport.”