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Get to Know the GCU Bowling Team

The GCU Women’s Bowling program is rapidly expanding and becoming more successful each year in the collegiate bowling world. Over the past five years, GCU’s bowling programs have tripled in size and welcomed many new talented players. The GCU Women’s Bowling team creates a supportive environment for bowlers to learn about the game, develop their skills and compete at the highest level.  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 Women’s Bowling Travel team competes in United States Bowling Congress (USBC) collegiate events in Arizona, Nevada and California.  A club designation allows the team to compete for two national titles each year. The GCU Women’s Bowling team has continued to raise the bar of success each season.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 spring playoff season, the Lopes had reached the postseason three straight years, and in 2019, placed ninth at the Collegiate Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Lopes also won the Rebel Classic for the second straight year in 2020, and swept the two back-to-back Las Vegas tournaments (the Rebel Classic and the Sin City Open) for the first time in their history in 2019. The team plans to move up the collegiate bowling ranks as it continues to grow.

Academy Team

The GCU Women’s Bowling Academy Team is open to bowlers of any skill levels, competes in an in-house league on campus, 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 Club Bowling Academy dues here.

Pay your Club Bowling Thunder Team dues here.

GCU Women’s Bowling Team Schedules

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Wednesday 10/27/2021 Challenge Match vs. Ottawa University Uptown Alley - Surprise, AZ 6:00 PM FINISHED
Saturday 12/04/2021 6th Annual Grudge Match vs. Arizona State Thunder Alley - Phoenix, AZ 11:00 AM 11-15 L
Saturday 12/18/2021 Las Vegas Invitational South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV 8:30 AM 26th PLACED
Monday 12/20/2021 Collegiate Shoot-Out South Point Bowling Plaza - Las Vegas, NV 4:00 PM 28th PLACED
Saturday 01/15/2022 Devil's Duel Glenfair Lanes - Glendale, AZ 9:00 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 9:30 AM TBA
Saturday 01/29/2022 Rebel Classic The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV 8:45 AM TBA
Sunday 01/30/2022 Rebel Classic The Orleans - Las Vegas, NV 8:00 AM TBA
Saturday 04/09/2022 Collegiate Club Championships TBD - Illinois NA TBA
Sunday 04/10/2022 Collegiate Club Championships TBD - Illinois NA TBA

GCU Women's Bowling Roster

GCU Women's Bowling Team Coaching Staff

Ben Canfield

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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 reins 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.