Andy Rettig of Hamburg came back with an 899 in the late squad on Wednesday and easily took the top spot in the qualifying for the 54th George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at Kenmore Lanes.
Rettig's total of 1,826 pins earned him the Pete Parisi Award which goes to the top qualifier in Western New York's most prestigious tournament. He finished 73 pins in front of four-time Obie winner Brad Angelo of Lockport, who held the qualifying lead until Rettig shot a 279 in the final of his four-game block to go back on top.
Bowling in the early shift, Angelo shot 841 for a 1,753 total. His high game was 225.
Phil Tabbi of Buffalo, who trailed Rettig by one pin for the qualifying lead after Tuesday's qualifying round, qualified third, two pins in back of Angelo. Tabbi shot 825 for 1,751 total.
Larry Fiorella of Tonawanda is fourth at 1,722 after his 879 on Wednesday which included a 279 game.
Tony Dolan, the 2015 Obenauer winner, was fifth with 805-1,709.
Andrew Herbert of Eden shot Wednesday's high series, 900, for a 1,679 total. Herbert qualified 11th. Curtis Foss of Medina shot one of the three 279 high singles for the night.
Rettig's first opponent to start the opening round of double-elimination match play on Thursday night will be Dan Antkowiak of Cheektowaga. Angelo draws Pete Zmozynski of Depew as his first opponent in the three-games total-pinfall match.
Former winners who made the cut were Mike Zarcoone, Mike Hanes and Mike Faliero. Among those who missed were former champions Pat Brick, John Meczynski and Tony Verdi.
Haley Carroll of Williamsville, who bowls at Saint Francis College (Pa.) was just seven pins off the cut score of 1,573. Her total was 1,566 after a 752 on Wednesday.