By Geoff Garnett
STAMFORD steward Kirsty Glaister was pipped to a coveted national title by Norfolk’s Steve Warren.
Kirsty was declared the Fuller’s London Pride North of England Steward of the Year, which qualified her for the national final of just four in a competition attracting hundreds of entries each year since it was introduced nine years ago.
She just missed out at the glitzy event at The Counting House in London when Norwich-based Eaton Golf Club steward Warren got the nod.
Kirsty joined Stamford five years ago and works alongside her partner Dane Ludlow, who has the catering franchise.
She has also taken on some of the club’s administration and her efforts have helped Stamford buck the trend with rising membership, increasing visitor revenue and more social income.
Kirsty, who played a major role in the renovation of the main function room, teamed up with partner Dane to overhaul the kitchen and invest in new equipment.
They have started Sunday carveries, which are popular with members and local residents and Kirsty organises social events ranging from weddings to evening functions for members.
Kirsty said: “It was a real surprise to win the regional award! We’re a small team and everyone pulls together. If anyone needs a hand, we all jump in together.
“Stamford is such a friendly club and everyone comments on it.”
Director of golf Mark Smith added: “Kirsty has been a breath of fresh air in the past five years and she has been a terrific asset. Her efforts have been appreciated and we are thrilled by her success.”