First Tee-Greater Richmond has revealed its leadership team for Belmont, which opens to the public on Saturday, May 29.
Mark Lynch, PGA, will oversee the daily operations, while GCSAA member Dan Sabina will lead the agronomic team. Lee Gordon will be Belmont’s food and beverage operations Manager, while Tim Faerber recently was hired as senior assistant golf professional.
“At Belmont, we are committed to providing first-class customer service and inclusive golf experiences with a focus on our vision to strengthen the character of our community,” said First Tee-Greater Richmond COO Kelly McAnally. “We are excited about the depth of knowledge, skill sets, and passion for serving others this team will bring to those efforts, and we look forward to welcoming patrons back to Belmont next month.”
Lynch, a five-year employee of First Tee-Greater Richmond, joined the organization in March 2016, becoming the director of golf of both First Tee-Greater Richmond golf facilities in March 2018. Over the last few years, he has developed the organization’s golf and customer service areas at both facilities. A member of the PGA and CMAA, Lynch holds credentials as a Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 (Golf) certified instructor and Level II First Tee Coach. Additionally, Lynch is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and with a total of over 16 years of service.
Sabina joined First Tee-Greater Richmond in May 2020 and brings a strong pedigree of turf management to Belmont. Prior to taking over at Belmont, Sabina worked at The Federal Club in Glen Allen as well as other prestigious golf clubs, including The Governors Club in Nashville, Oakland Hills outside Detroit, and Pumpkin Ridge outside Portland. Since arriving last year,
Sabina has worked closely with Love Golf Design and MacCurrach Golf Construction during the renovation of Belmont. Love Golf Design, co-founded by World Golf Hall of Fame member and 21-time PGA tour winner Davis Love III, led the renovations at Belmont that started in May 2020, with a grand reopening ceremony planned for May 24.
Designed by famed architect A.W. Tillinghast in 1917 and renovated by Donald Ross a decade later, Belmont Golf Course hosted the 1945 Richmond Invitational, won by Ben Hogan, and the 1949 PGA Championship, won by Sam Snead. Belmont remains the only golf course in Virginia that has hosted a major championship and one of only two Tillinghast courses that has hosted a major and is still open for public play, with the other being Bethpage Black.