By David Carter/GCU Staff
The 54th year of an international event. Participants from every part of the globe.
Somewhere in the mix… was GCU Men’s Bowler Justin Song.
Song’s fall semester took a sharp detour in the middle of his Lopes’ bowling schedule when he competed in the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada. Song headed to the Silver State representing his native China in the tournament.
Facing bowlers from all around the world including Australia, Finland and Brazil, Song finished 48th out of 81 overall competitors.
“I was a little bit nervous at the beginning, but after the first block, I was feeling fine,” said Song.
Even though Song was knocked out during the qualifying stages, he still had plenty of time to spend with special friends he made while in Vegas.
“I had 3 days of free time,” said Song. “This is the fun part of this trip-not only the tournament, but that you also get to eat and hang out with the best in the world-especially two guys from Indonesia and Malaysia. They were about 40 years old, and I have seen them on television since I was a kid.”
Song’s first action for the Lopes after the World Cup took him right back to Las Vegas last week for the Glenn Carlson Invitational and the Collegiate Shootout, where he had a chance to use one important lesson on the lanes that he learned from the international stage.
“I need more practice,” said Song. “They practice way more than we do, and not only on the lanes. They also do physical workouts.”
The main lesson that Song took away from the event was not the bowling aspect, but the comradery surrounding the sport.
“This is the most treasured part of the tournament,” said Song. “I love friends more than bowling. That is why I bowl.”
Last week’s tournaments finished off the fall side of the season for Song and the GCU Men’s & Women’s Bowling Teams. They’ll have the next month to prepare for two tournaments in two days at the Lopes’ second home, Glenfair Lanes (59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale): the Devil’s Duel Tournament (hosted by Arizona State University) on January 19, and the Antelope Shootout the next day.
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