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Meet the GCU Bowling Team

Come find out about our sport at our 2021-22 Informational Meeting:
Thursday, September 9th

6 PM – Recreational
6:30 PM – Competitive
Bldg. 1 (Engineering)
Room 102

The GCU Men’s Bowling programs are rapidly expanding and becoming more successful each year in the collegiate bowling world. Over the past six 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 Bowling 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 Lopes have reached the postseason every year since 2015, and reached the national tournament three consecutive years (not including last year’s COVID season). In 2019, the Lopes 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 move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

Academy Team

The GCU Men’s Bowling Academy Team is open to bowlers of any skill levels and practices alongside the Travel Team.

Thunder Team

The GCU Bowling Thunder Team is open to bowlers of any skill levels. Students will have the opportunity to bowl one practice per week, receive coaching, and compete in the GCU Bowling League at Thunder Alley on the GCU campus.

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 10/22/2021 6th Annual Grudge Match vs. Arizona State Thunder Alley - Phoenix, AZ 4:00 PM TBA
Saturday 12/18/2021 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Sunday 12/19/2021 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Monday 12/20/2021 Collegiate Shoot-Out South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Tuesday 12/21/2021 Collegiate Shoot-Out South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Saturday 01/15/2022 Devil's Duel Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 10:00 AM TBA
Sunday 01/16/2022 Antelope Shoot-Out Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 9:00 AM TBA
Friday 01/28/2022 Sin City Open The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Saturday 01/29/2022 Rebel Classic The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Sunday 01/30/2022 Rebel Classic The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV NA TBA
Saturday 03/12/2022 ITC Sectional Qualifier USA Bowl - Dallas, TX NA TBA
Sunday 03/13/2022 ITC Sectional Qualifier USA Bowl - Dallas, TX NA TBA
Saturday 04/09/2022 Collegiate Club Championships TBD - Illinois NA TBA
Sunday 04/10/2022 Collegiate Club Championships TBD - Illinois NA TBA

GCU Men's Bowling Roster

Developmental Team

GCU Men's Bowling Coaching Staff

Ben Canfield

Head Coach
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An Arizona State University graduate, Ben Canfield is in his seventh 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.

Ben and his bride, Lacey, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary this past May.