Samantha Hudson has been named the Fuller’s London Pride Golf Steward of the Year. Hudson, from Swaffham Golf Club in Norfolk, is a steward who is literally prepared to go the extra mile for her club by running a marathon this year to raise funds for their charity.
She was the southeast regional winner and claimed the national honour ahead of challengers from the country’s other three regions: Midlands winner, David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire; North winner, David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire; and South West winner, Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset.
Hudson, who was also a regional winner in 2012, is in her fourth year at Swaffham. She’s a mum of two with a background in accountancy and originally took a job at the club for just a few hours a week – but when her predecessor left she was asked to take over.
She wins a two-night stay in a Fuller’s Hotel, as well as advertising space to promote her club in the local press, and a certificate and trophy. Her reaction to her victory was ecstatic: “This means the world to me, I can’t think of anywhere better to work. 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.”