FRISCO – When the Bearkat bowlers hit the lanes next spring to defend their Southland Bowling League title, they won’t have to travel very far to do it.

The Southland Bowling League (SBL) will take its 2020 championship to a new location in Conroe, the league announced Tuesday. The three-day championship will be hosted at Time to Spare Entertainment Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22.

“This will be a great opportunity for our team and our fans,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “This will be the closest venue to campus we have competed in a long time. Hopefully we can get a large group of Bearkat fans there and make this a home environment.”

Entering its sixth season, the SBL has hosted its previous two championships at USA Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Since its inception in the 2014-15 season, the league has produced three national champions, including Vanderbilt (2018) and Stephen F. Austin (2016, 2019). 

The winner of the SBL Championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. April 9-11, 2020. 

“We are excited to bring the 2020 Southland Bowling League Championship to Conroe,” said Southland Conference Executive Director Thomas Samuel. “The SBL looks forward to working with Time to Spare and Kim Raska as we continue to host the most competitive NCAA college bowling league championship in the country.”

Time to Spare is located on the northeast Loop 336 between Interstate 45 and Highway 105. 

“We’re really looking forward to hosting our first collegiate tournament, especially with it being the Southland Bowling League Championship,” said Time to Spare General Manager Kim Raska. “I think this will be a great opportunity to help grow bowling as a sport within the area.”

The 2019-20 season begins in October for all eight member schools. Once again, the SBL will meet at the Southland Bowling Championship March 20-22, where Sam Houston State will look to defend its title.