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.
Cash prizes are an added bonus to an exciting week of play. This year the total tournament prize money is over £3500 with the Open Singles winner receiving £750.
Events programmed for 2022: Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th 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 2021 champions were:
Open singles: Jamie Chestney
Pairs: Ryan Whitlock and Sam Tolchard
Triples: Mark and Dave Evans and Danny Denison
Mixed pairs: Sarah Quayle and Stuart Evans
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