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“Strikes and Success: The Rise of Gonzaga’s Inaugural Bowling Club”

Jackson Brewer at inaugural Gonzaga Bowling event. Photo Credit: Submitted by Jackson Brewer

If you were at this year’s club fair, it was hard to miss the brand-new Gonzaga bowling booth. They set up a highly entertaining Wii bowling match, drawing many to play a few rounds and ending up in some fiercely competitive games.

“It was a great way to get the Gonzaga community excited about bowling and draw as many people to the club as possible,” said creator and head of the club Jackson Brewer ‘24.

This resulted in 66 people signing up for the club, making them one of the top three most signed up for clubs at Gonzaga.

“Starting a new club with Jackson [Brewer] was a daunting thought at first, but the success that was the club fair gave us as a group a lot of confidence going forward,” said leader Owen O’Keefe ‘24.

That confidence was also supported by the encouragement of having 66 people sign up for the club.

“It was a super encouraging sign to have that many people sign up from the get-go. I was initially concerned that we wouldn’t even get 10 sign-ups, let alone 66,” Brewer said.

The bowling club was off to a smashing success, and with that, they recently had their first competition on Feb. 10.

“I was the only bowler that day, and it was not one of my best days, but it was still a great experience to be able to represent the Gonzaga colors while bowling,” Brewer said.

Although Brewer admitted the first event of the Gonzaga bowling season was not a major success, it is still a reigning endorsement that it is happening at all.

As for Brewer, he is hitting his stride at the perfect time as he has won back-to-back tournaments, winning $1000 and $800, respectively. With these wins, Brewer is on his way to competing in nationals for the second year in a row, and with his recent form, he is hoping that this could be a mighty success.

As for the rest of the bowling season, Brewer hopes that they can get at least a couple more events in before he graduates.

“My current concern is that there isn’t a successor to lead the club,” Brewer said.

As for that, he hopes that maybe someone reading this article or someone currently within the club will step up and take the reins next year. Although there is no current successor, Brewer said that representing the school and getting so many sign-ups on club fair day will be something that he will never forget.

Even if this is the first and only year of the bowling club,” he said, “it’s been an honor to represent Gonzaga in my sport.”

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