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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.

Men 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 can work as a team and individually to improve their skills.

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
Saturday 02/13/2021 Team Tournament Glenfair Lanes 10:30 AM FINISHED
Saturday 02/20/2021 Arizona Cup #1 Bowlero Glendale 9:00 AM 2nd Place PLACED
Sunday 02/21/2021 Arizona Cup #2 Bowlero Glendale 9:00 AM 2nd Place PLACED
Saturday 03/20/2021 Arizona Shootout #1 Glenfair Lanes NA 2nd Place PLACED
Sunday 03/21/2021 Arizona Shootout #2 Glenfair Lanes NA 2nd Place PLACED

GCU Men's Bowling Roster

  • Alexander Hepp
  • Benjamin Laffoon
  • Brennan Ziegler
  • Brett Garcia
  • Cameron Gomez
  • Chase Kirby
  • Devin Thornton
  • Duncan Kesler
  • Jackson Speece
  • Jake Fenn
  • Jarrod Spangler
  • Jeremy Smith
  • Joshua Molloy
  • Kyle Gilbert
  • Kyle Lawrence
  • Lukas Carlson
  • Mathew Adragna
  • Michael McQuisten
  • Nathan Ryan
  • Thomas Davis
  • Thomas Ellis
  • Thomas Lawrence

Developmental Team

  • Carl Pope Jr.
  • Michael Simonds
  • Sam Johnson

GCU Men's Bowling Coaching Staff

Ben Canfield

Head Coach
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An Arizona State University graduate, Ben Canfield is in his fifth year as the head coach of the GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams, taking over the reigns in 2015. Canfield has continued to build momentum in both programs, earning finalist recognition for the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award in 2019. Canfield made the direct transition from player to coach seamlessly after a very successful college bowling career of his own with the Sun Devils. His accomplishments as a bowler at ASU include four National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All-American selections, a 2014-2015 Collegiate Club All-American second-team honoree nod and 2013-2014 Arizona Junior Bowlers Tour (JBT) Bowler of the Year. He also claimed 23 JBT titles and placed fourth in all events at the USBC Open Championship in 2015.