Tom Sorce of Blasdell, who shot a tournament high 936 four-game block the first night of qualifying, came back with an 818 on Wednesday to wrap up the No. 1 seed entering Thursday's start of match play in the 56th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
Sorce won the Pete Parisi Award as the top qualifier.
Jack Jurek, a former champion who four times has been the top Obenauer qualifier, shot 875 Wednesday, to finish second with a 1,730 total pinfall. Sorce's total was 1,754. Third was Mike Johnson of Grand Island with 1,674, including an 858 in his second four-game qualifying block.
Mike Zarcone, a former champion shot 879, Thursday's high score, to climb to the No. 14 spot in the bracket. He was in 65th place after the first night of qualifying.
Mike Mallwitz of Grand Island was the last bowler to make the 32-bowler match play bracket with a 1,577 total. Missing the cut by three pins was Mike Firzak of Amherst with 778-796-1,574.
Defending champion Dana Voytovich of Cheektowaga qualified 29th shooting 821 on Thursday for a 759 total. He stood in 52nd going into the night.
Other former winners still in contention are are: Mike Hanes of Niagara Falls (832-839-1,671), Tony Dolan of West Seneca (815-773-1,588) and Kevin Bienko of Kenmore (849-776-1,625).
Match play in the three-games total-pinfall, double elimination format will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and continue Friday and Saturday to determine the final four for Sunday. The championship match will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday.