The English Riviera welcomes bowlers from all parts of the UK to participate in this friendly but competitive tournament held at Torquay’s three seafront host clubs.
Since 1994, when the English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament started, it has seen clubs from as far afield as Australia and South Africa take part. You can certainly understand the appeal; the three host clubs each have wonderful settings, with views of the sea and attractive Abbey Gardens. The friendly and inclusive nature of the tournament also makes it a popular event.
The three host clubs, Kings, Torquay and Victoria are all within easy walking distance of each other so moving around from green to green is no problem. You can find out more about these clubs, as well as some of the other outdoor clubs in the area on another of our bowling blogs here.
Back in the 90s, the tournament was run by Torbay Council and It is presently run by that committee with elected officers, one of which is TLH Leisure Resort’s own Bowls Co-ordinator Sarah Vinnicombe.
Unfortunately, due to limited sponsorship opportunities and declining entries, this year’s tournament will be the last.
Events programmed for 2023: Sunday 18th to Saturday 24th June.
• Open Singles
• Second Chance Singles for early-round losers
• Men’s Pairs
• There will also be a limited entry “Consolation Men’s Pairs” for early-round losers
• Open Triples
• Mixed Pairs
Each competition is played through to a conclusion so there is no “finals day”.
The 2022 champions were:
Open singles: Sam Tolchard
Pairs: Ryan Whitlock and Sam Tolchard
Triples: Phil & Lorraine Hackett and Sean Howard
Mixed pairs: Michael & Kathryn Smith
Let us know if you’ve been following the English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament.
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