First day leader Frank Bellavia of Niagara Falls shot an 828 in his four-game block Wednesday night and captured the Pete Parisi Award as the top qualifier with a pin total of 1,543 in the 51st annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes. Defending champion Joe Ciccone led the first shift Wednesday with an 817 and qualified as the No. 2 seed with a 1,700. Mike Zarcone of Tonawanda was next with 770-1,691.
Late shift scores were considerably higher Wednesday. They included an 895 by Ken Ball of Avon, an 888 by Steve Lach of Sloan. Frontier High star Chad Mee, last year’s top qualifier, shot 869 to gain the No. 4 seed with 1,684. Andy Ochal of Kenmore had the night’s high single, a 277. The qualifying cut was 1,527 (190.8 average). Dan Antkowiak of Cheektowaga took the final spot with a 777 on Wednesday. The 32 qualifiers will begin match play Thursday at 6:30 p.m..