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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Ben Canfield is the head coach of the GCU women’s bowling team. His accomplishments include being a four-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Academic All-American, a second-team Collegiate Club All-American and an Arizona Junior Bowlers Tour Bowler of the Year. He has won 23 JBT titles as well as finishing in fourth place at the 2015 USBC Open Championship. Coach Canfield is thrilled to work and coach talented bowlers and enjoys assisting them on their paths to success.
Jakob Butturff is the newest member of the Grand Canyon University Bowling team, having joined the coaching staff this past December. Butturff grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. Butturff’s rise in the sport of bowling as a player was quick. Butturff was a teammate of GCU Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield for a year with the Arizona State University Bowling team. Butturff turned pro the next year, and subsequently 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.