Chris Barnes, Brittni Hamilton win Team USA Trials titles


    2014 Team USA Trials

    Chris Barnes, Brittni Hamilton win Team USA Trials titles

    2014TeamUSATrialsBrittniHamiltonChrisBarnes.jpgChris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Brittni Hamilton of Wood-Ridge, N.J., overcame a grueling format to claim the titles at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

    Barnes blew away Mike Fagan of Hurst, Texas, 231-163, to take the men's title, while Hamilton narrowly edged Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 205-196, to claim the women's championship Wednesday at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    In addition to earning the titles, Barnes and Hamilton will now represent Team USA at the 50th QubicaAMF World Cup at a location and date later this year to be determined.

    Barnes started with six consecutive strikes and blasted out to a big early lead to roll to the title. It was the first Team USA Trials victory in Barnes' career.

    "It's nice to come out on top, and after all these years, I finally get to bowl the World Cup," said Barnes, who has won 16 Professional Bowlers Association titles. "Some of the best moments of my life have come on Team USA. It's a great feeling to be a part of this team and share victories with them."

    The women's title match was much closer as Pluhowsky had a chance to shut out Hamilton and claim the title. Needing all three strikes in the 10th frame, the left-handed Pluhowsky left the 3-5-9 and chopped it. Only needing a mark to win, Hamilton converted the 10 pin in the final frame to take the title.

    "It means so much to me to win that I can't even explain it," said Hamilton, a Vanderbilt graduate who has been on Team USA two previous times. "It really hasn't set in yet, but I'm really excited to represent Team USA at the World Cup and be a part of this team again."

    In the semifinals, Fagan advanced in a thrilling match by defeating John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., in a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off after tying at 258-258 in regulation. Szczerbinski stepped up first and left the 1-2-4-10 washout, and Fagan won the match with a strike. Hamilton defeated Sarah Lokker of New Baltimore, Mich., 226-215.

    All of the players who advanced to the stepladder finals earned automatic spots on Team USA in 2014 by surviving a grueling five-day, 30-game format that awarded points based on the position they finished in each day.

    The National Selection Committee also announced the remainder of the Team USA roster, which was made up of two men and two women based solely on their performance at the Team USA Trials and five men and five women who met eligibility requirements, submitted resumes for consideration and also based on Trials performance.

    The men's selections based on resumes were Bill O'Neill, Tommy Jones, John Janawicz, AJ Johnson and Sean Rash, while Robert Gotchall and Marshall Kent were selected based on their Trials performance.

    Joining the women' steam as selections from resumes were Shannon O'Keefe, Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Missy Parkin and Stefanie Johnson, while Danielle McEwan and Holly Harris were picked based on Trials performance.

    There were also four spots on Junior Team USA awarded Wednesday with the top two age-eligible finishers for the boys and girls earning automatic spots. The selection committee also added two boys and two girls.

    Joining Junior Team USA were Darren Tang, Greg Young Jr., Tylor Greene and Ronnie Fujita on the boys side, while Stephanie Schwartz, Mary Wells, Amanda Fry and Makayla Douglas made it on the girls side.


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    2014 USBC Team USA Trials - Stepladder Finals

    The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas (January, 8, 2013)

    Men's Championship Round:
    1. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
    2. Mike Fagan, Hurst, Texas
    3. John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal: No. 3 Fagan def. No. 2 Szczerbinski, 258-258 (10-6)
    Championship: No. 1 Barnes def. Fagan, 231-163.

    Women's Championship Round:
    1. Brittni Hamilton, Wood-Ridge, N.J.
    2. Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio
    3. Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich.
    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal: No. 3 Hamilton def. No. 2 Lokker, 226-215
    Championship: Hamilton def. No. 1 Pluhowsky, 205-196.


    2014 USBC Team USA Trials - Round 5 (Top 20)

    Players with position, hometown and 6-game total

    Men's Division (Full Results)
    1, David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,412
    2, Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,403
    3, Tyler James, Deltona, Fla., 1,369
    4, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,368
    5, Eddie VanDaniker, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,365
    6, Matthew Gasn, Laurel, Md., 1,359
    7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,355
    7, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,355
    9, Riely Chin, Fresno, Calif., 1,350
    10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,339
    11, Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,318
    12, Michael Preston, Oswego, Ill., 1,306
    13, Steve Lemke, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1,292
    14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,290
    15, Michael Fagan, Hurst, Texas, 1,289
    16, Justin Miller, Pulaski, Tenn., 1,288
    17, Bryan Bourget, Woonsocket, R.I., 1,287
    18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,285
    19, Riley N. Smith, Kenosha, Wis., 1,281
    20, Brian Monnette, Lakewood, Wash., 1,280
    20, Cameron Weier, Federal Way, Wash., 1,280
    20, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,280

    Women's Division (Full Results)
    1, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 1,295
    2, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 1,282
    3, Sara Vargas, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,271
    4, Christina Halen, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,265
    5, Kendyll Dellinger, Indian Trail, N.C., 1,261
    6, Brianna Amidon, Pittsfield, Mass., 1,256
    7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,251
    8, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,246
    9, Katie Stark, Groveland, Fla., 1,241
    10, Michelle Hunzaker, Cary, N.C., 1,238
    11, Giselle Poss, Montgomery, Ill., 1,237
    12, Kimberly Yioulos, Rochester, N.Y., 1,234
    13, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,233
    14, Robyn Renslow, Brentwood, Calif., 1,232
    15, Stephanie Schwartz, Racine, Wis., 1,230
    15, Kelsey Muther, Wichita, Kan., 1,230
    17, Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 1,229
    17, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 1,229
    19, Leea Haworth, Tumwater, Wash., 1,223
    20, Mary Wells, Westerville, Ohio, 1,222



    2014 USBC Team USA Trials - Overall (Top 20)

    Players with position, hometown and total points. Points based on finishing position in each round; top three advance to stepladder finals after five rounds.

    Men's Division (Full Results)
    1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 42
    2, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 67
    3, Michael Fagan, Hurst, Texas, 69
    4, Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 88
    5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 112
    6, Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 118
    7, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 119
    8, Eddie VanDaniker, Chatsworth, Calif., 123
    8, Cameron Weier, Federal Way, Wash., 123
    10, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 125
    11, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 136
    12, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 140
    13, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 141
    14, Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 144
    15, Michael Eaton, Mason, Ohio, 147
    16, Tylor Greene, Davison, Mich., 160
    16, Ryan Zagar, Chicago, Ill., 160
    18, Ronnie Fujita, El Sobrante, Calif., 168
    19, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 170
    20, Josh Mullen, Bellingham, Wash., 177

    Women's Division (Full Results)
    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 36
    2, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 42
    3, Brittni Hamilton, Wood-Ridge, N.J., 79
    4, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 94
    5, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 99
    6, Sara Vargas, Albuquerque, N.M., 106
    7, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 110
    7, Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 110
    9, Kelsey Muther, Wichita, Kan., 112
    10, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 117
    10, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 117
    12, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 122
    13, Stephanie Schwartz, Racine, Wis., 123
    14, Mary Wells, Westerville, Ohio, 127
    15, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 128
    16, Amanda Fry, Antelope, Calif., 131
    17, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 134
    18, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 142
    19, Nicole Parkhurst, Utica, N.Y., 144
    20, Krystyna Johnson, Montgomery, Ill., 153