Editor’s note: Due to press time, this story did not appear in Tuesday’s edition of the News but ran online at www.kenoshanews.com.

Defending champion Rich Beltoya is picking up where he left off in the Senior Division of the Kenosha News Match Game Bowling Tournament.

Beltoya took early control Monday night by firing an eight-game block of 2,099 at Guttormsen Recreation Center during the 56th annual tourney. Beltoya, who is seeking his third Senior championship in four years, went 7-1 and leads the 16-bowler field with 709 points.

Bowlers are awarded 30 points for each match victory and either gain or lose a point for each pin over or under 200.

Beltoya, who won his first seven matches, fell one pin short of bowling a perfect game and topped the 270 mark four times to build a commanding lead.

The runner-up, 2017 champion Dave Sjuggerud, trails Beltoya by 230 points after winning five of eight matches and racking up a pinfall of 1,929. Al Johnson (6-2, 1,894) is right behind Sjuggerud with 474 points.

Don Kirschbaum split his eight matches and had a pinfall of 1,945 for 465 points, good for fourth place. Matt Zagar (1,917) also went 4-4 and is in fifth place with 437 points.

Gene Pobloski (434 points), Dave Wildman (428), Ed Seliga (424), Gary Wolf (395) and Jeff Thiele (395) rounded out the top 10 bowlers heading into Thursday’s final night of Senior action.

The tournament continued Tuesday with the opening night of the Men’s Division finals. See www.kenoshanews.com for more details. Updated results through Tuesday will appear in Thursday’s edition of Kenosha News.

The finals of the Women’s and Super Senior Men’s divisions will conclude tonight at GRC.

Scott Koker