Lancaster-based Gower, who had defeated fellow England player Nicole Rodgers 2-0 (8-4, 7-3) in Wednesday’s semi-finals, could not deny Scot Forrest a second successive world crown at Potters Resort.
Gower, a former national champion and European number one, said: “I’m delighted to have been in my first world singles final, which is a big achievement, but Julie is relentless.
“I thought I might scramble through the first set but even if I’d got a tie it wouldn’t have made any difference.
Morecambe 0 Stoke City 0 (Morecambe win 5-3 on penalties): Shrimps reach next stage of Carabao Cup
Derek Adams: Morecambe merited Carabao Cup win against Stoke City
Paul Jarvis is thrilled to sign for hometown club Lancaster City once again
Morecambe handed Rotherham United return in Carabao Cup
Morecambe land former Burnley loanee on a permanent basis
“I lost count of the number of times I said, “Good bowl, Julie’. I got sick of saying it but we’re good mates.”
Gower’s Blackpool Newton Hall clubmate Mark Dawes has won through to Friday's quarter-finals of the open singles.
Tenth-seed Dawes, the 2018 world champion, defeated Darren Burnett (seeded seven) of Scotland 11-5, 6-5 in round two.