By David Carter/GCU Staff
For most, representing their country in a large-scale sporting event is merely a dream.
For one GCU student, it is a reality.
Lopes Bowling Head Coach Ben Canfield and Song were asked about the opportunity to compete in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, and what Song’s opportunity means for GCU Bowling.
Being chosen to represent your country is the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is a tremendous honor. What was the process like of being selected to bowl for and represent Team China in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup?
Song: The World cup is being held in Las Vegas. Each country will have one male and female player to go to Vegas to bowl for them, and I am the only one representing Team China to bowl in the World Cup. So [since] I am really close to Vegas, I sent a letter and they [the China Bowling Association] looked through how I bowl, and they said I can go. They said I just cannot bowl too bad.
How are preparations going for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, and what are your thoughts before the event?
Song: I did not expect to bowl this event. My thoughts were that I just wanted to go there and see more people, know more people, try to bowl. I feel like my game is improving from last year. I can really tell from the tryout this year. I make a lot of spares and I finished first in the tryouts. No matter my physical or mental game, I just need to bowl more to compete for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.
How do you feel like opportunities such as the the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and improvements in your bowling game have come from GCU Bowling?
Song: I can get this opportunity because of GCU Bowling. I have never had experience with college bowling, and it is an experience you will never get from other tournaments. I have to know what lane adjustment I have to do. I’ve also worked on lane conditioning a lot in college bowling, which helped me to improve my average so that I bowl a lot better than last year.
How has Justin been able to use the opportunities in GCU Bowling to his advantage, and what does this mean for GCU Bowling as a whole?
Canfield: Justin has fully utilized the resources that GCU Bowling has provided him. The valuable lessons he has learned from practice and tournament competition has translated well into his success outside of the team. His success highlights what GCU Bowling offers its athletes that are willing to work diligently throughout the season.
What are your goals for the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup?
Song: My goal in the World Cup is to make the top 24. You bowl 24 games total to make the top 24, and then you have to bowl another 8 games for the top 8, and then the top 8 have to bowl another 8, so 40 total games to make the step-ladder final. I just have to make the top 24. It is hard. It’s not like a normal event. A lot of bowling.
Canfield: Justin is one of the hardest working bowlers here, if not the hardest. He practices the most out of everyone, and he truly loves the sport of bowling. I think it’s really cool that he gets the opportunity to represent his country in such a big event, and we want to support him in any big way that we can!
Song will head to Sam’s Town Hotel in Las Vegas for the the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup November 4 through 11.