USBC announces Dream Team USA for the 2010 Men's World Championships
Six PBA professionals to represent the United States in Germany in August
Selected to compete for Team USA are Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour stars Chris Barnes (pictured left), Tommy Jones (right), Wes Malott, Bill O'Neill, Rhino Page and Patrick Allen. The Men's World Championships is scheduled to take place Aug. 12-21 at Dream Bowl Palace in UnterfĂ¶hring near Munich, Germany.
"Making these selections is always difficult because we have such a talented pool of players to choose from," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. "The coaching staff feels strongly that the players who have been selected will represent our country proudly."
The United States won the coveted five-player team gold medal with a team of amateur bowlers in 2006 in Busan, South Korea. After a change in WTBA legislation that allowed professional bowlers to compete, the United States sent a team of five pros and one amateur (Bill Hoffman) and defended the title at the most recent World Championships in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Team USA's victory in 2008 did not come easy, however. The Americans took on Korea in the one-game finals and the teams finished tied at 1,084, forcing a roll-off. Page defeated Korea's Kim Tae-Young, 49-39, in the one-player, ninth-and-10th frame roll-off to win the title.
In total, Team USA came away with four gold medals in 2008. The Americans won Doubles (Page, above left, and Allen, above right)), while Walter Ray Williams Jr. won gold in Singles and Masters. Williams is unavailable to compete in the 2010 World Championships.
Four of the players who competed in Bangkok will be back to help the United States defend its team title. Barnes, Jones, Page and Allen will be joined by first-time World Championships competitors O'Neill (left) and Malott (right).
The 2010 WTBA Men's World Championships will feature 377 competitors from 68 countries competing for medals in six events - five-player Team, Trios, Doubles, Singles, All Events and Masters.
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