Dorset’s Fiona Snook has been recognised as the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region.
Fiona, from Wareham Golf Club, received her 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 ninth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards.
Fiona commented: “I’m a newbie at the club and I’m so pleased to reach this final. Wareham is such a friendly club and everyone mucks in – you’re quite likely to see our president on a lawn mower! If you want anything you just have to ask.”
Fiona is a qualified chef who has worked at Wareham for 18 months and has helped the club improve its image and appeal to visitors and members. Since she’s been there the club has attracted 56 new members.
She’s overseen some clubhouse renovation, has changed the club’s brewery and suppliers, all the food is now home-made – and the increasing profits are reflecting her efforts.
She runs a host of social events from darts and cribbage nights to a psychic supper and a chocolate night – all prominently advertised on display screens and a white board. That’s alongside weddings, birthday parties and a concert night with the Bournemouth brass band, which was promoted with a local leaflet drop.
Fiona has even taken up golf and joined the ladies’ section.
Fiona and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Acting Chief Executive, Craig Wagstaff, and from Earl Baker, Fuller’s Sales Manager (Traditional Free Trade).
The other winners were: national and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winners Phill and Louise Maxwell of Radcliff-on-Trent; and North winner Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, near Manchester.
They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2014 Stewards of the Year, Samantha Hudson, joined the judges to whittle down the 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.