Team USA's Barnes, Hamilton head to milestone World Cup

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Team USA Trials champions Brittni Hamilton and Chris Barnes will represent the United States at the 50th QubicaAMF World Cup.

ARLINGTON, Texas - The QubicaAMF World Cup will celebrate a historic milestone when the 50th edition of the event takes place in Wroclaw, Poland, next week.

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Brittni Hamilton of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, will represent Team USA at the event, which begins Tuesday with the first round of qualifying. The event will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

The World Cup is considered one of the sport's most prestigious singles titles and will draw bowlers from 88 countries, making it the largest event in the sport in terms of number of countries competing.

It will be the first World Cup appearance for Barnes, whose wife Lynda won the 2005 World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

"The World Cup has a 50-year tradition of being renowned as a premier international competition," Barnes said. "It has been an event that has treated the athletes admirably, with a long list of champions signifying the best of the best in the international sport, including my wife. I have long hoped for an opportunity to compete and have the possibility to join that list of great champions."

Hamilton said she has been preparing diligently over the past weeks as she will also make her World Cup debut next week.

"These past few weeks I have been working really hard to prepare for this event and I'm feeling really confident for this competition," Hamilton said. "I am feeling a bunch of emotions right now. I'm nervous but excited and confident. I'm just ready for the World Cup to start and show the world who I am."

The World Cup features a long qualifying format as all players bowl four five-game blocks over four days. The field is then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After match play, the top three men and top three women advance to the stepladder finals.

Barnes and Hamilton earned the right to compete in the World Cup by winning the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials in January.

BowlTV will provide live streaming of the event, culminating with the stepladder finals on Nov. 9 at approximately 8 a.m. Eastern. For a complete schedule in Eastern time, visit BOWL.com/LiveStream.

For more information on the QubicaAMF World Cup, visit QubicaAMF.com