Worcestershire’s David Guest has done the double, winning back-to-back titles as the Fuller’s London Pride Golf Steward of the Year for the Midlands.
David, from Halesowen Golf Club, received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, which celebrated the national and regional winners.
The competition, to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards, is run by Fuller’s and England Golf and 2014 was its eighth year. The competition attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards.
David commented: “It’s so nice to be appreciated. This is voted on by the members and so it means more to win.”
The judges applauded David’s creativity, enthusiasm, energy and efforts to make Halesowen Golf Club a real community. He has introduced many initiatives and is always looking for ways to improve his skills for the benefit of the club. He actively networks to bring in extra functions, social membership and junior participation to Halesowen.
He initiated the club’s Christmas competition, where it’s compulsory to wear a Christmas jumper on the course. His football themed ‘Pride of the Midlands’ event is now legendary at Halesowen and is supported by players from Aston Villa, Birmingham, Wolves and West Bromwich.
The tough economic conditions meant David and other staff recently accepted salary cuts. But that didn’t dampen his resolve and commitment to the club and the bar turnover is now growing year on year due to his efforts. He is the club’s entertainment secretary and the junior organiser, overseeing an increase in junior participation.
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; North winner, David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire; and South West winner, Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset.
They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 201s 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 Guest (centre) is pictured with Richard Fuller (left) and David Joy.