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Meet the GCU Bowling Team

The men’s bowling program is rapidly expanding and becoming more successful in the collegiate bowling world. Over the past two years, it has tripled in size and welcomed many new skilled 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 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.

The men 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 made the postseason for the first time in 2016 and made its first club national championship appearance in 2017. The team, while still in its early stages, has captured two tournament titles and plans to continue to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

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GCU Men’s Bowling Schedules

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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 TBA
Sunday 11/18/2018 Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM TBA
Monday 12/17/2018 Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, NV 10:00 AM TBA
Tuesday 12/18/2018 Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas, NV 8:00 AM TBA
Wednesday 12/19/2018 Collegiate Shootout Las Vegas, NV 8:15 AM TBA
Thursday 12/20/2018 Collegiate Shootout Las Vegas, NV 8:30 AM TBA
Saturday 01/19/2019 Devil's Duel Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ 10:00 AM TBA
Sunday 01/20/2019 Antelope Shootout Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ 9:00 AM TBA
Friday 01/25/2019 Sin City Open Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Saturday 01/26/2019 Rebel Classic Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Sunday 01/27/2019 Rebel Classic Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Saturday 03/09/2019 ITC Sectional Qualifier Dallas, TX NA TBA
Sunday 03/10/2019 ITC Sectional Qualifier Dallas, TX NA TBA
Saturday 04/06/2019 Collegiate Club Championships Indianapolis, IN NA TBA
Sunday 04/07/2019 Collegiate Club Championships Indianapolis, IN NA TBA

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 is honored to be coaching the talented men of GCU club bowling. He 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. 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.