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Meet the GCU Bowling Team

The GCU Men’s Bowling programs are rapidly expanding and becoming more successful each year in the collegiate bowling world. Over the past four years, the program has tripled in size and welcomed many new talented players. The GCU Men’s Bowling team creates a supportive environment for bowlers to learn about the game, develop their skills and compete at the highest level while working both as a team and individually.

Travel Team

The GCU Men 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 Men’s Bowling team has continued to raise the bar of success each season. The Lopes have reached the postseason in each of the last four years, have reached the national tournament three consecutive years and in 2019, placed ninth at the Collegiate Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana; and for the first time ever, qualified for the ITC National Championships in Dayton, Ohio, after placing in the top 4 at ITC Sectionals in Dallas, Texas. The team plans to continue to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

Academy Team

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

Thunder Team

The GCU Bowling Thunder team is a brand-new recreational team that will compete on a weekly basis at Thunder Alley on the GCU campus.

Pay your Bowling dues here.

Pay your Academy Bowling dues here.

Pay your Club Bowling Thunder Team dues here.

GCU Men’s Bowling Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/18/2019 5th Annual Grudge Match GCU (Thunder Alley) 4:00 PM 12-14 L
vs Arizona State University
Saturday 10/26/2019 SLOTown Showdown Santa Maria, CA, Rancho Bowl 10:00 AM 2nd PLACED
Sunday 10/27/2019 SLO Rollers Tournament Santa Maria, CA, Rancho Bowl 8:45 AM 2nd PLACED
Sunday 11/17/2019 Challenge Match vs. Ottawa University Uptown Alley - Surprise, AZ 4:00 PM 8-10 L
Saturday 11/23/2019 Oak Tree Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 8:30 AM 1st PLACED
Sunday 11/24/2019 Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 8:30 AM 1st PLACED
Friday 12/06/2019 Challenge Match Glendale (Bowlero Glendale) 6:00 PM W
vs Arizona Christian University
Wednesday 12/18/2019 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, NV 8:15 AM TBA
Thursday 12/19/2019 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, NV 7:50 AM TBA
Friday 12/20/2019 Collegiate Shoot-Out Gold Coast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV 8:15 AM TBA
Saturday 12/21/2019 Collegiate Shoot-Out Gold Coast Bowling Center - Las Vegas, NV 7:30 AM TBA
Friday 01/17/2020 Collegiate Experience Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 6:00 PM TBA
Saturday 01/18/2020 Devil's Duel Invitational Glendale (Glenfair Lanes) 10:00 AM TBA
Sunday 01/19/2020 Antelope Shoot-Out Glendale (Glenfair Lanes) 9:00 AM TBA
Friday 01/24/2020 Sin City Open The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV 9:30 AM TBA
Saturday 01/25/2020 Rebel Classic The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV 8:30 AM TBA
Sunday 01/26/2020 Rebel Classic The Orleans, Las Vegas, NV 8:00 AM TBA
Saturday 02/08/2020 Arizona Cup Glendale, AZ NA TBA
Saturday 03/14/2020 ITC Sectional Qualifier USA Bowl Dallas, TX NA TBA
Sunday 03/15/2020 ITC Sectional Qualifier USA Bowl Dallas, TX NA TBA
Saturday 03/28/2020 Collegiate Club Championships Championship Lanes, Anderson, IN NA TBA
Sunday 03/29/2020 Collegiate Club Championships Championship Lanes, Anderson, IN NA TBA
Wednesday 04/15/2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, MI NA TBA
Thursday 04/16/2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, MI NA TBA
Friday 04/17/2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, MI NA TBA
Saturday 04/18/2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, MI NA TBA

GCU Men's Bowling Roster

  • Benjamin Laffoon
  • Brett Garcia
  • Cory Dobson
  • Devin Thornton
  • Duncan Kesler
  • Jackson Speece
  • Jared Brown
  • Jarrod Spangler
  • Joshua Mabry
  • Joshua Molloy
  • Kyle Gilbert
  • Kyle Lawrence
  • Marquan Rivers
  • Mathew Adragna
  • Michael McQuisten
  • Nathan Ryan
  • Taylor Palm
  • Thomas Davis
  • Travis Hoffman

Developmental Team

  • Carl Pope Jr.
  • Donald Kneifel
  • Michael Simonds
  • Sam Johnson

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 four years ago, and continues to build the programs into championship contenders annually.  In 2019, Canfield was a finalist for the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award for the first time. 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.