Cheshire’s Kirsty Glaister has been recognised as the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s North region.
Kirsty, from Stamford Golf Club, near Manchester, received her trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated.
The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its ninth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards.
Kirsty said: “It was a real surprise to win this! We’re a small team and everyone pulls together. If anyone needs a hand, whether it’s us or the pro or the greenstaff, we all jump in together.
“Stamford is such a friendly club, everyone comments on it.”
Kirsty joined the club over five years ago and works alongside her partner, Dane Ludlow, who has the catering franchise. She has also taken on some of the club’s administration. Her efforts have helped Stamford buck the trend with rising membership, increasing visitor revenue and more social income.
Kirsty will take on any challenge at the club and helped, hands-on, with the renovation of the main function room. She and Dane have also overhauled the kitchen and invested in new equipment.
They have started Sunday carveries, which are popular with members and local residents, and she organises social events ranging from weddings to evening functions for the members.
Kirsty and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Interim Chief Executive, Craig Wagstaff, and from Earl Baker, Fuller’s Sales Manager (Traditional Free Trade).
The other winners were: national and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winners Phill and Louise Maxwell of Radcliff-on-Trent; and South West winner Fiona Snook of Wareham Golf Club, Dorset.
They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2014 Stewards of the Year, Samantha Hudson, joined the judges to whittle down the entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart.
Caption: Kirsty Glaister with her trophy.