Kent, McEwan headed to World Cup

ARLINGTON, Texas - USBC Team USA Trials champions and collegiate standouts Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., will travel to Wroclaw, Poland, to take part in next week's QubicaAMF World Cup.

McEwan KentOne of the most prestigious singles titles in the world, the World Cup will be contested for the 48th year. The event begins with the opening round of qualifying Monday.

Kent, who bowls collegiately for Robert Morris-Illinois, and McEwan, who competes at Fairleigh Dickinson, earned the opportunity to compete in the event by virtue of winning the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials last January.

"Marshall and Danielle both showed their extreme versatility by winning the Team USA Trials on four grueling lane conditions," Team USA coach Rod Ross said. "Based on their performance at the Team USA Trials and on their success for Team USA this year, I believe competing in the World Cup is a positive next step in their growth and development as some of our future stars."

Kent and McEwan have already had experience in international competition this year as members of Team USA and Junior Team USA.

Over the summer, Kent and McEwan both earned medals at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Kent earned medals in all five events, while McEwan earned a gold medal in team.

Kent also competed for Team USA in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships, where he picked up two medals.

The World Cup begins Monday with the first of four rounds of qualifying. Each round consists of five games, and the field will be cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games. The top eight in each division will then advance to round-robin match play to determine the top three men and top three women for the stepladder finals.

The World Cup is the largest international bowling tournament in the world in terms of the number of countries competing. This year's event is expected to feature 86 men and 67 women from 87 countries.