Bell snares eighth Illowra title


Defending  champion Colleen Bell made it back-to-back Illowra Tournament wins at Port Kembla Golf Club on Tuesday.

In the 34th edition, she outplayed a field of more than 120 players to lift the Port Kembla Bowl an eighth time.

Rounds of 79 and 82 helped the Wollongong Golf Club member to an overall score of 161, ahead of Lynne Townsend (165) and Nicole Bessant (173).

It capped off an impressive tournament for Bell, who had earlier won the Illowra Salver, with partner Alison Webb, with a score of 77.

"We played really good on Sunday. I had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole, which made it really good," Bell said.

"I just played steady over the last few days so I am very happy. To win both titles, it means a lot."

In the Dodo Robertson Memorial Shield Foursomes on Sunday, hosts Port Kembla took out the title with a score of 233.

With the three-best scores taken from their team of Debbie Byrnes, Lauris Kentwell, Lorraine Snoobridge and Nerida Edmonds, Port easily accounted for Camden (244) and The Grange (247).

The next women's major tournament for the region is the Kiama Riviera Autumn Cup, from March 25-26 at Kiama Golf Club.

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