Lopes Aim High at Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational and Collegiate Shoot-Out next week
By David Carter/GCU Staff
Winter break. The time of the year in which GCU students are away from campus and spending time with their families and friends for the Christmas season.
The GCU bowling teams will compete in two tournaments next week in Las Vegas, Nevada: the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational and the Collegiate Shoot-Out.
“I really love these tournaments,” said GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield. “The students don’t have the worry of classes or homework. We started a “white elephant gift exchange” tradition a few years ago, and we kick the week off with that on Sunday night.”
The weekend is not all fun and games for the GCU bowlers, though, since they’re trying to repeat (and exceed) their successes of years past.
“For the men’s team last year, the Glenn Carlson Invitational was arguably the best event of the regular season,” said Canfield. “We qualified 6th for the match play bracket. We ran through a couple of teams, and ended up getting knocked out in the round of four to Wichita State.”
“I honestly think we can finish top-5 as long as we make our spares, and execute how our team knows how to execute,” said Washburn. “If we get a big finish here at these tournaments, it will greatly help our season long ranking.”
The men’s side isn’t the only one with a high bar set in 2018 in Las Vegas.
“Last year, the ladies made the top-8 bracket, but lost their first match,” said Canfield. “We are going to be led by our women’s captain, Emily Ornelas, and we will see if we can put together a solid performance and contend for the match play bracket.”
What makes the Glenn Carlson Invitational and Collegiate Shoot-Out tournaments unique is that they are not the typical events GCU Bowling competes in.
“The bowlers are excited to go out to Vegas, and compete against teams from across the country-not just the west coast (teams) like we are used to,” said Canfield. “There will be 60 (teams overall) for the Glenn Carlson Invitational and close to 70 for the Collegiate Shootout.”
The Glenn Carlson Las Vegas invitational will take place December 17 and 18 at the South Point Bowling Arena, and the Collegiate Shoot-Out will take place December 19 and 20 at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.
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