Six former champions, including Mike Zarcone, last year’s winner, are in the field of 120 bowlers entered in the George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament, which opens Tuesday night at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
Zarcone captured his first Masters title a year ago, defeating Frank Bellavia Jr. in the final match. Bellavia, who won the Pete Parisi Plaque as the top qualifier in 2014, is in this year’s field as well.
Besides Zarcone, former champions in the field include three-time winner Mike Hanes (1979, 1985, 2005), Pat Brick (2004), Jack Jurek (1999), John Masiello (1993) and Tony Verdi (1972).
The Obie kicks off tonight with two squads of qualifying, at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Another four-game round of qualifying on Wednesday will determine the 32-bowler field for the start of match play on Thursday.
All matches in the double-elimination format are three games total pinfall. Match play will continue Friday and Saturday before the wrapup on Sunday with semifinals at 2 p.m. and the championship match at 3 p.m.
Liz Johnson, the only woman to win the Obenauer title and who is also a two-time runner-up, is not entered this year.
Qualifying pairings, lane assigments:
Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m./Wednesday’s 9 p.m. squad: 1-2 Andy Rettig, Jeff Pohlman, Joe Pohlman, Phil Tabbi. 3-4 Al Conner, Jr., Tim Newman, Bill Truman, Jim Wolf. 5-6 Jeff Booker, Aaron Cratsenberg, Tim Finken, Julie Selk. 7-8 Mike Borodzik, Jr., Carl Graetz, Jr., Gary Kinyon, Tony Verdi. 9-10 Frank Bellavia, Jr., Adam Collura, Andy Ochal, Jeff Walsh 11-12 Ted Chojecki, Joe DiNardo, Steve Kosut, Troy Wozniak. 13-14 Richard C. Goettel, Richard J. Goettel, III, Scot Kapuscinski, Mike Nowak. 15-16 Jacob Hiam, Jim LaMancuso, George Pierce, Jr., Kevin Volker. 17-18 Dan Beck, Sue Jeziorski, Jon Kroll, Pete Zmozynski. 19-20 Chris McMillan, Robert K. Snyder, Justin Sokolowski, Alex Walczak. 21-22 Anthony Melidona, Dan Melidona, John Melidona, Dana Voytovich. 23-24 Kristina Frahm, Andrew Herbert, Sara Snyder. Ray Richards. 25-26 Ken Ball, Pat Brick, Paul Coleman, Jr., Paul Gallmeyer. 27-28 John Danielewicz, Eric Peterson, Kevin Rygg, Jr., Chris Weiler. 29-30 Jim McCaffery, Rob Piccoli, Zane Tester, Matt Zasowski. 31-32 Jason Ciliberto, Ken Kuebler, Jr., Brandon Korczykowski, George Spencer.
Tuesday’s 9 p.m./Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. squad: 1-2 Frank Cascio, Jim Duerr, Chris Labiak. 3-4 Carl Kinyon, Dave Rudnick, Joe Wagner, Matt Zachowicz. 5-6 Ken Gawel, Cory Magnuson, Richard Mendolera Jr. 7-8, Mike Firzak, Jack Jurek, Robert Knopf, Mike Petrie. 9-10 Donnie DeBoe, John Masicllo, Geno Walh. 11-12, Tom Brady Jr., Tony Dolan, Steve Lach, Dave Zajac. 13-14 Mike Hanes, Gary Preston, John Staniszewski. 15-16, Brandon Digati, Michael Johnson, Mike Mallwitz, Mike Krywcum. 17-19 Laven Dietz, Derek Pawlowski, Russ Priola Sr. 19-20 Eric Gee, Joshua Vogt, Steve Ratzel, Jerry Sokolowski. 21-22 Justin Zimmerman, Tony Turner, Jason Miechowicz. 23-24 Dave Koteras, Robert Koteras, Wayne Matthews Jr., Mike Kwiatkowski. 25-26 Kevin Bienko, Rob Graci, Brandon Kane. 27-28 Gary Baumer Jr., Robert Brotz, Steve Mamon, Ryan Robe. 29-30 Jim Kuebler, Brian Brzezowski, Tim Wanat. 31-32 Dan Antkowiak, Sal Augugliaro, Mike Zarcone, John Berry.