Lancashire’s David Prior has won the title of the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s North region.
David, from Blackley Golf Club, received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the 2014 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.
David commented: “I’m really proud to have won this award. Blackley is a fantastic, friendly club and I get support from all the sections.”
David has been at the club for 25 years, starting as a ‘pot-boy’ and is now the Operations Manager.
Under his guidance there is quick and effective communication between the various teams, from pro shop to green staff to bar staff and everyone is focussed on making functions, golf matches and society bookings as smooth and efficient as possible. As a result the catering and bar takings have moved from a loss two years ago to profit in the latest financial year.
David offers the members regular activities almost every night and is starting to introduce special social nights, including St Patrick’s, Halloween and a Christmas Kids Party. There are about 120 external functions held at Blackley each year and about 40 society bookings, with new bookings having to be made two years in advance.
David and the other 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 South West winner, Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset
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: David Prior (centre) is pictured with Richard Fuller (left) and David Joy.