National IFA RJ Temple sponsored the recent English Bowls Players'
Association Singles Championship which for the first time featured a woman
in the finals.
The championship took place in Wellingborough in the Midlands, with Tina
Burgess, playing on her home green, becoming the first woman to qualify for
the final stages of the event.
Andy Thomson dropped the opening set in the first round of the tournament
to Burgess before recovering to win the championship.
RJ Temple has been involved in bowls sponsorship since 1999 and sponsors
many county associations in England as well as the Scottish, Welsh and
Irish bowling associations. It sponsored the World Indoor Bowls Council's
championships in Belfast last month and the International Millennium
Tournament in Ayr last August.
Marketing director Alan Neale says: “Over the past two years, we have
become serious sponsors of the game and we plan to develop this further. We
were delighted to see a woman reach the finals of this championship for the
first time, especially as we are undertaking a campaign to identify and
highlight the part- icular financial needs of women, which are often