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PBA star Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Brittni Hamilton of Woodridge, N.J., claimed the 2014 men’s and women’s USBC Team USA Trials titles at The Orleans in Las Vegas Wednesday, earning the right to represent the United States in the 50th anniversary QubicaAMF World Cup later in 2014.

Barnes, who earned his 11th berth on Team USA, defeated fellow PBA Tour champion Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 231-163, to take the men's title, while Hamilton narrowly edged former PBA Women’s Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 205-196, to win the women's title.

"After all these years, I finally get to bowl the World Cup," said Barnes, a 16-time PBA Tour champion.

Barnes, Fagan and third-place finisher John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., earned automatic berths on Team USA 2014 by finishing in the top three in the five-day, 30-game tournament which included six games on five different lane conditions. Sarah Lokker of New Baltimore, Mich., finished third on the women’s side.

In addition to the automatic qualifiers, the National Selection Committee named PBA titlists Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones and Sean Rash to the men’s team, along with amateurs John Janawicz, AJ Johnson, Robert Gotchall and Marshall Kent. Women selected include PBA members Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Missy Parkin along with non-members Shannon O'Keefe, Stefanie Johnson, Danielle McEwan and Holly Harris.