Winning women take top prizes

GREEN GIRLS: ‘Len’s Lovelies’ (left to right) Carol Turl, Amanda Rose, Nikki Bell, Nicola Jones

Following heartbreak for England’s Lionesses at the World Cup, there was at least success to be had in Tunbridge Wells, with women dominating sport.

The Tunbridge Wells Open Bowls Tournament culminated in a historic win for Jo Cartwright, the first woman ever to win the tournament.

The tournament, hosted at The Grove Bowls Club in Norfolk Road, attracts top players from clubs all around Kent and Sussex.

The final took place on Saturday August 12, where Jo took victory over her fellow clubmate, Marc Ferdinando.

This is the first time in its 85-year history, that the top award for the Overall Championship Singles Cup was won by a woman.

Jo told the Times: “It was a huge achievement for me to win the singles in the Tunbridge Wells Tournament. I feel very proud to be the first woman to win!

“In bowls, everyone can compete equally as it’s not about strength or speed, so hopefully this will encourage more ladies to enter now that the tournament is fully open!

“It’s a great event, really well hosted by The Grove, and bowlers come from outside the local area to take part.”

A ladies’ golf team also took victory at the annual Pantiles Rotary Club charity golf day.

Pantiles Rotary held the event on Friday August 11 at the Nevill Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells to raise money for local charities, with 96 people taking part on the course.

The winners were ‘Len’s Lovelies’ – Carol Turl, Amanda Rose, Nikki Bell and Nicola Jones. The team beat 23 other teams to take the top prize.

The event, which included a lunchtime auction, raised around £10,000.

Donations will be made to a number of local charities on a need basis, which in the past has including Nourish Foodbank, Aspens and Fegans among many others.

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