Tom Sorce of Blasdell put together games of 245-222-235 and 234 for a 936 total in the late squad to lead the first night of qualifying for the 56th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
Sorce's total was 40 pins better than the 896 turned in by Steve Kosut of Buffalo to lead the early squad. Kosut had games of games of 214, 205, 222 and 255, 16 pins better than the 266-880 by Andy Ocahal of Kenmore. Mike Kemp of Lancaster took over fourth place with 877 while Jack Jurek the runner-up in last year's Obenauer moved into the fifth spot with 855.
Kevin Bienko, the 2017 champion from Kenmore, was third with 849 after the early shift. His total was eighth-best all night. Defending champion Dana Voytovich of Cheektowaga shot 759, 52nd best among the 128 bowlers.
Veteran Carl Kinyon of Lockport shot 279 in the late squad for the night's high single. Two-hander Chris Labiak of North Tonawanda led the early squad with a 268.
The two squads will bowl four more qualifying games Wednesday night to determine the 32-bowler field for the start of match play on Thursday.