An inspirational chairman of Mundesley Golf Club has been honoured through a new trophy in his memory.
Donald Stuart died in August at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer, during which he continued to lead the club through a successful membership drive and the challenges thrown up by covid-19.
And a trophy in his name has been presented to its first winner, Lewis Crosby, following a five-week season of Friday night social golf competitions for under-40s.
Donald’s daughter Fiona, who came up with the trophy idea, said: “The trophy was a good way to encourage younger golfers to join, meet and compete. Dad had enjoyed a similar competition when he moved from Scotland to Leicester aged 33 and made a lot of friends.”
Mr Stuart, who stepped down only two months before his death, led a club membership drive during his nearly five years in the chair, during which it more than doubled its membership.
“I am really proud of the legacy dad created. He put a lot of time in and sacrificed a lot for the good of the club.”
The trophy was presented by Donald’s brother, Micky, who flew in from Dallas for the occasion and for the funeral in Ludham, his home village, where the church was packed with people from the golfing, banking, business and charity worlds. Donations were in aid of Cancer Research UK and Mundesley Golf Club.
Donald, who was born in Edinburgh to a golfing family, began playing at the age of four. His career with Bank of Scotland saw him working in Leicester, London and Norwich, where he was the regional director for the east of England.
Current club chairman Andrew Keates called Donald an inspiration, saying he was “a man who never complained and always endeavoured to find a fair and equitable way forward”.