Frontier High sophomore Chad Mee of Hamburg set the pace in the opening night of qualifying for the 50th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Bowling Championship Tuesday at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga. Mee, 17, bowled a four-game block of 863, including a 254 game, on the early shift and owned a 25-pin lead over the next best bowler, Tony Dolan of West Seneca, who shot 244-238.
Two time former champion Joe Ciccone of Cheektowaga was third with an 809 total and Joe Burgio of the Town of Tonawanda was next at 800.
Jeff Walsh of Cheektowaga (799) was followed by Adam Collura of Buffalo (796), Andrew Herbert of Eden (796) and Liz Johnson, the 2009 Masters champion, (787).
Joe Alajko of Depew had the high single of the early shift, a 257.
The field of 90 bowlers will each bowl four more games of qualifying tonight at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. with the top 32 advanced to the start of match play on Thursday.