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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.

GCU Men’s Bowling Schedules

Showing 2017-2018

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Friday 10/13/2017 ASU Grudge Match Thunder Alley 5:00 PM 10-6 W
vs Arizona State University
Saturday 11/04/2017 West Coast Collegiate Championships I & II Fresno, CA NA 3rd PLACED
vs West Coast Collegiate Championships II
Sunday 11/05/2017 West Coast Collegiate Championships I & II Fresno, CA NA 2nd PLACED
vs West Coast Collegiate Championships I
Saturday 11/18/2017 Oak Tree Open Diamond Bar, CA 9:00 AM 1st PLACED
vs Oak Tree Open
Sunday 11/19/2017 Linbrook Open Anaheim, CA 7:30 AM 2nd PLACED
vs Linbrook Open
Monday 12/18/2017 Las Vegas Invitaional Tier I Las Vegas, NV 9:00 AM 3rd PLACED
vs Las Vegas Invitational
Wednesday 12/20/2017 Collegiate Shoot-out Las Vegas, NV 9:00 AM 10th PLACED
vs Collegiate Shoot-out
Saturday 01/13/2018 Devils Duel Scottsdale, AZ 9:00 AM 2nd PLACED
vs Devil's Duel
Sunday 01/14/2018 Antelope Shoot-Out Scottsdale, AZ 9:00 AM 2nd PLACED
vs Antelope Shoot-out
Friday 01/26/2018 Sin City Open Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
vs Sin City Open
Saturday 01/27/2018 Rebel Classic Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
vs Rebel Classic
Friday 03/09/2018 ITC Sectionals Dallas, TX NA TBA
vs ITC Sectionals
Saturday 04/07/2018 Collegiate Club Championships Smyrna, TN NA TBA
vs Collegiate Club Championships

GCU Men’s Bowling Roster

  • Joshua Fearing
  • Kyle Gilbert
  • Matthew Green
  • Donovan Koff
  • Joshua Mabry
  • Jose Modic
  • Nicholas Ochse
  • Zachary Rapp
  • Kyle Reed
  • Kyle Simi
  • Cameron Smith
  • Justin Song
  • Ronald Dela Torre
  • Alex Washburn

Developmental Team

  • Steven Ailport
  • Jared DeLaPiedra
  • Emmanuel Dizon
  • Michael Mcquiesten
  • Brandon Molina

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.