The women’s bowling team at Grand Canyon University continues to grow and advance in the world of college bowling. It has tripled in size over the past two years and takes pride in welcoming new talented players. The team enjoys a nurturing environment for students to grow in skill on the team and as people in the community. It allows players to compete at the highest level, developing their talents and strategies as athletes. The GCU bowling team provides an exciting place for students to become part of a team with others who share a passion for the game.
The GCU bowling team competes as a club program in United States Bowling Congress (USBC) collegiate events in Arizona, California, Nevada and other states. The team competes for two national titles each year. For the first time in 2016, GCU bowling qualified for the postseason. In 2017, the team made its first club national championship appearance. While the bowling team is relatively new, it has won two tournaments and is working hard to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to develop.
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|Friday||10/26/2018||vs||Arizona State University||Thunder Alley||5:00 PM||9-8 (F/Rolloff) W|
|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||W|
|vs||San Jose State University|
|Sunday||11/18/2018||Oak Tree Open & Floria Financial Services Open||Oak Tree Lanes, Diamond Bar, CA||9:00 AM||W|
|vs||San Jose State University|
|Monday||12/17/2018||Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational||Las Vegas, NV||10:00 AM||20th PLACED|
|Wednesday||12/19/2018||Collegiate Shoot-Out||Las Vegas, NV||8:15 AM||16th PLACED|
|Saturday||01/19/2019||Devil's Duel||Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ||10:00 AM||2nd PLACED|
|Sunday||01/20/2019||Antelope Shoot-Out||Glenfair Lanes, Phoenix, AZ||9:00 AM||3rd PLACED|
|Friday||01/25/2019||Sin City Open||Las Vegas, NV||9:30 AM||1st PLACED|
|Sunday||01/27/2019||Rebel Classic||Las Vegas, NV||8:00 AM||1st PLACED|
|Sunday||04/07/2019||Collegiate Club Championships||Indianapolis, IN||7:45 AM||Tied-9th PLACED|
Ben Canfield has been the head coach of the GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams since their inception three years ago, and continues to build the programs into championship contenders annually. 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.
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.