GCU Men’s Bowling Displays Youth, Potential at West Coast Championships
By David Carter/GCU Staff
Youth and potential.
Those were the themes for GCU Men’s Bowling as it competed in the West Coast Collegiate Team Championships I & II in Fresno, California this past weekend. The Lopes placed second on Saturday and fourth on Sunday in their first tournament of the season.
“We are off to a pretty good start,” said Lopes Men’s Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield. “This was the first tournament weekend of the season, and we have some new bowlers. Second place on Saturday was good.”
The Lopes struggled to maintain that momentum on Sunday.
“The team showed their youth,” said Canfield. “Fourth place on Sunday was disappointing. We did not perform to our abilities and expectations.”
As for the individual performances, Canfield was impressed by sophomore bowler Donovan Koff.
“Donovan finished in a tie for second individually on Saturday and bowled really well,” Canfield said. “I was pleased with how he led the guys.”
Koff hoped his performance this weekend would “breed team success later in the season”- especially for two particular tournaments.
“Our goals are to not only qualify for the club championships,” Koff said, “but also the intercollegiate team championships for collegiate bowling by winning sectionals.”
GCU bowlers Kyle Gilbert and Joshua Mabry bolstered Koff’s strong outing Sunday, finishing 7 and 9 respectively.
The Lopes have a long way to go before qualifying for the Intercollegiate Team Championships in March and the Collegiate Club Championships in April, and they’ll start that quest this Saturday, November 10, when both GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling will face Northern Arizona University in an exhibition in Flagstaff.