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Meet the GCU Bowling Team

The GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling programs are rapidly expanding and becoming more successful each year in the collegiate bowling world. Over the past three years, the program has tripled in size and welcomed many new talented players. The GCU Bowling team creates a supportive environment for bowlers to learn about the game, develop their skills and compete at the highest level.  Men’s and women’s college bowling provides an outlet for GCU students to join a team of peers who share their passion and enthusiasm for competitive bowling. Players are able to work as a team and individually to improve their skills.

Travel Team

The GCU Men & Women’s Bowling Travel teams compete in United States Bowling Congress (USBC) collegiate events in Arizona, California, Nevada and other states.  A club designation allows the team to compete for two national titles each year. The GCU Bowling team has made the postseason in each of the last three years, and reached the national tournament in both 2017 and 2018.  Last year at the Collegiate Club Championships in Smyrna, Tennessee, both the men’s and women’s teams placed in the top-5 nationally. The team plans to continue to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

Academy Team

The GCU Men and Women’s Bowling Academy teams compete in an in-house league on campus, and practice alongside the Travel Team.

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GCU Men’s Bowling Schedules

Showing 2018-2019

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/26/2018 vs Arizona State University Thunder Alley 5:00 PM 9-8 (F/Rolloff) W
Saturday 11/03/2018 West Coast Collegiate Team Championships I Fresno, CA 10:00 AM 2nd PLACED
Sunday 11/04/2018 West Coast Collegiate Team Championships II Fresno, CA 8:00 AM 4th PLACED
Saturday 11/10/2018 at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ 9:30 AM 21-14 W
Saturday 11/17/2018 Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM 2nd PLACED
vs JV
Saturday 11/17/2018 Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM 2nd PLACED
vs Varsity
Sunday 11/18/2018 Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM 2nd PLACED
vs JV
Sunday 11/18/2018 Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM 1st PLACED
vs Varsity
Monday 12/17/2018 Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, NV 10:00 AM T-5th PLACED
Wednesday 12/19/2018 Collegiate Shoot-Out Las Vegas, NV 8:15 AM 18th PLACED
Saturday 01/19/2019 Devil's Duel Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ 10:00 AM 1st PLACED
Sunday 01/20/2019 Antelope Shootout Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ 9:00 AM 1st PLACED
Friday 01/25/2019 Sin City Open Las Vegas, NV 9:30 AM 2nd PLACED
Sunday 01/27/2019 Rebel Classic Las Vegas, NV 8:00 AM Tie-3rd PLACED
Sunday 03/10/2019 ITC Sectional Qualifier Dallas, TX 7:45 AM 4th PLACED
Sunday 04/07/2019 Collegiate Club Championships Indianapolis, IN 7:45 AM Tied-9th PLACED
Friday 04/19/2019 ITC Nationals Dayton, Ohio 7:45 AM Tie-9th PLACED

GCU Men's Bowling Roster

  • Alex Washburn
  • Donovan Koff
  • Jackson Speece
  • Jared DeLaPiedra
  • Joshua Mabry
  • Justin (Huaxi) Song
  • Kyle Gilbert
  • Mathew Adragna
  • Michael McQuisten
  • Mike Clark
  • Taylor Palm
  • Thomas Davis

Developmental Team

  • Justin Alexander
  • Emmanuel Tan-Dizon
  • Robert Luna

GCU Men's Bowling Coaching Staff

Ben Canfield

Head Coach
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Ben Canfield has been the head coach of the GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams since their inception three years ago, and continues to build the programs into championship contenders annually.  Canfield made the direct transition from player to coach seamlessly after a very successful college playing career of his own.  Canfield is a four-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All-American, 2014-2015 Collegiate Club All-American second-team honoree, 2013-2014 Arizona Junior Bowlers Tour Bowler of the Year and winner of 23 JBT titles while playing at Arizona State University. He also placed fourth in All Events at the USBC Open Championship in 2015.

Jakob Butturff

Assistant Coach

With his youthful appearance, he could likely blend into the team picture with the players of the Grand Canyon University Bowling team, but Jakob Butturff’s resume makes him stand out from the rest. Butturff is the newest member of the team, having joined close friend Ben Canfield’s coaching staff this December, and joined the team prior to a pair of tournaments over Christmas break in Las Vegas. That wasn’t a coincidence, since Canfield is fully aware of how comfortable Butturff has been on the lanes in southern Nevada, since Jakob grew up there, and that was the site of one of his two national wins that Butturff has racked up during his professional career.

Butturff’s rise in the sport as a player has been swift. Butturff first hit Canfield’s radar when the two faced off against each other in 2011 in the Junior Bowlers’ Tour Championship Match in Camp Verde. Canfield won that match, but Butturff used that as motivation to win his own JBT title the next day. Two years later, Canfield and Butturff were integral parts of the Arizona State University Bowling machine together for a single season. Butturff spent just one year wearing the maroon and gold of the Sun Devils before turning pro, and didn’t waste much time proving what a good move it was. Butturff has won 13 Pro Bowlers Association Region titles, a pair of PBA National Championships (winning the 2016 Lubbock Sports Open in addition to his win in Las Vegas at the South Point Open), a runner-up finish at this year’s PBA U.S. Open, and even the men’s 2017 United States Bowling Congress Team Trials title and the 2017 53rd Qubica AMF World Cup Champion.  His consistency is a model for his new proteges to follow, since he spent the 2016-17 season not missing a Top 5 finish in any of the USBC Open Championships.