‘Life and soul’ of Swaffham GC takes top honour
Samantha Hudson has reason for cheer after being crowned the Fuller’s London Pride ‘Golf Steward of the Year’. Hudson, from Swaffham Golf Club in Norfolk, was named as the 2014 winner of England Golf’s top title for golf club stewards at a presentation lunch at The Counting House in London.
The South East regional winner, she claimed the national honour ahead of challengers from the country’s other three regions: Midlands winner, David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club in Worcestershire; North winner, David Prior of Blackley Golf Club in Lancashire; and South West winner, Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club in Dorset.
As her prize, Samantha wins a two-night stay in a Fuller’s Hotel, as well as advertising space to promote her club in the local press, as well as a certificate and trophy.
“This means the world to me, I can’t think of anywhere better to work,” she said after the announcement was made.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and especially to thank my team. I couldn’t do it without their backing and their support. This is for everyone who helps run the clubhouse and who also goes the extra mile.”
Swaffham’s 2014 captain, Gordon Halewood, was one of the first to congratulate her.
“This is wonderful news for an amazing lady,” he said. “Sam is the life and soul of the social side of the club. She’s so bubbly and an excellent organiser.”
The competition is now in it eighth year and hundreds of votes were cast for the nominated stewards. The judges were joined by the 2013 winners, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire, to whittle down the entries to three finalists in each region.
Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were chosen, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart.
Sam and all the other regional winners received their trophies from England Golf chief executive David Joy and Richard Fuller, director of Fuller’s Corporate Affairs.
Fuller added: “Good hospitality is the cornerstone of any great golf club and it is fantastic to see the best being recognised. There’s not much in life better than an above par beer after a below par round of golf and a great host to serve one and help celebrate the other.”