Dorset’s Kevin Brown has won the title of the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region.
Kevin, from Sherborne Golf Club, received his 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 eighth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards.
Kevin commented: “This is a huge personal achievement and it’s just tremendous that the members appreciate what we do in trying to meet their needs.”
Kevin was noted by the judges for his flexible approach to the catering offered at Sherborne and his willingness to add new services, such as a café on the ninth tee offering halfway house refreshments.
His approach has paid dividends both for the clubhouse takings and for the club as a whole. For example, he has attracted more social members to the club as a direct result of some of the private functions he has hosted.
The quality of the food at Sherborne, together with Kevin’s ability to train and motivate his staff came though repeatedly in his nominations, of which there were more than any other club in the South West.
Kevin and the other regional winners all received their trophies from England Golf Chief Executive, David Joy, and from Richard Fuller, Fuller’s Corporate Affairs Director.
The other winners were: national and South East winner, Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire; and North winner, David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire.
They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2013 Stewards of the Year, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire, 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: Kevin Brown (centre) is pictured with Richard Fuller (left) and David Joy.