Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, near Newton Abbot in Devon, has been named the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region.
The competition, now in its sixth year, is run jointly by Fuller’s and England Golf and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole.
Anna joined Dainton Park when it started 20 years ago and her welcome has helped it grow to a club with more than 600 members. She knows all the members by name – and drink – and the job is clearly a way of life to her. She even met her husband when he worked in the pro shop!
Anna’s family background is in the restaurant business and she been involved in the catering and bar industry from an early age. She’s built up a fantastic reputation for service at Dainton Park and has opened the clubhouse and restaurant area to visitors as well as members, managing a host of private functions such as weddings, birthdays and christenings.
One of this year’s highlights was the captain’s charity day, when the club owner who took on Anna 20 years ago, took his turn to captain the club. The event was themed on the Olympics and Anna organised a Bucks fizz breakfast reception for a family-style sports day, with both her children joining in the fun.
Anna, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chairman Nigel Evans and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. This was the first time that all four regional winners had been women. The other three were: Midlands region and overall winner Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, Warwickshire; North region winner Dawn Stacey of Wath Golf Club, Rotherham, Yorkshire; South East region winner Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk.
The 2012 Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year competition attracted hundreds of nominations from club members, visitors and golf club managers. These were read and reviewed by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2011 Steward of the Year, Scott Parker from Buckingham Golf Club, and were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards: three from each region.
The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally by England Golf and Fuller’s representatives who experienced firsthand the exceptional service they provide. The regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart.
Caption: Fuller’s London Pride South West Steward of the Year, Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon, receives her award from (left) Mark Roberts, Fuller's trade marketing manager and Nigel Evans, chairman of England Golf.
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