Devon’s Anna Tyson does the double as South West Steward of the Year

Anna Tyson

Devon’s Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club has won the title of Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region – for the second time in a row.

Anna received her 2013 trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated.

She commented: “I am so chuffed, really proud and just so pleased that we can please the members. I’ve got great support at the club, fantastic people to work with.”

The competition, to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards, is run by Fuller’s and England Golf and is now in its seventh year. The 2013 edition attracted a record entry, with over 700 votes cast and more stewards nominated than ever before.

Anna may have already won the 2012 South West title, but she’s not one to rest on her laurels and her continuing efforts at Dainton Park, near Newton Abbot, have helped raise this year's profits considerably.

Recent initiatives include working with the club’s management to launch a free, points-based social membership which has already attracted almost 300 people. One of the benefits is access to the restaurant which has newly opened on Friday evenings and is regularly full.

Anna’s social events, such as acoustic nights, comedy nights and swing music nights are all sold out as soon as they’re advertised. They all feature acts provided by members, underlining the club’s community spirit and emphasis on team work.

Anna has been at Dainton Park since it started and she’s made the club a way of life. She met her husband there, her eldest daughter regularly works the Sunday lunchtime shift – and she even went to work on her day off and birthday! She’s passionate about everything to do with the service at the club, from staff working effectively to taking ice creams on to the course on captain’s day!

Anna, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chief executive David Joy and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager.

The other three were: national and Northern winners, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow, Cheshire; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen, Worcestershire; and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton, Norwich.

They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2012 Steward of the Year, Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, joined the judges to whittle down the record 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: Anna is pictured with England Golf chief executive, David Joy (left), and Mark Roberts, Fuller's trade marketing manager. Image © Gill Shaw