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Cherry Hills Country Club names new PGA head pro and general manager/COO

Historic Cherry Hills Country Club has named Andrew Shuck PGA Head Professional and Lance Sabella General Manager/COO, as the iconic club approaches its centennial anniversary.

Denver, CO – Historic Cherry Hills Country Club, has named Andrew Shuck PGA Head Professional and Lance Sabella General Manager/COO, as the iconic club approaches its centennial anniversary.

Shuck becomes the seventh head pro in the club’s 99-year history, and will oversee all golf operations, including tournaments, events and outings, membership programming, instruction and merchandising. One of America’s most sought-after club professionals, he comes from 10 years as head professional at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club and also served in the same position at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga., and McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

“I am honored and very excited,” says Shuck. “The club’s history is one of tradition, championships and a great membership. I look forward to working with everyone at the club and the entire membership, as we embark on the next chapter of the club’s long-standing history.” Shuck graduated in 1995 from Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., an accredited PGA of America Professional Golf Management University, and earned his PGA Membership in 2000. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Carolina PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2017.

Sabella, a Certified Club Manager, comes directly from Lakeside Golf Club in Los Angeles, Calif., where he’s been the General Manager since 2004. There he was selected for a national Club Manager of the Year Award in 2011. Before then, he was General Manager at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley Calif., and worked at high-end properties in Orange County, Calif., including Dove Canyon Country Club and Marbella Country Club. 

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to go from an historic club like Lakeside to another, Cherry Hills Country Club,” says Sabella. “I am excited to be part of a world-class club that has rightfully earned a significant place in golf’s landscape.  It’s a special time at Cherry Hills, with the building of a new $56 million clubhouse that will serve as a home away from home for an amazing membership as the club enters its next century, along with serving as host to the 2023 U.S Amateur Championship.  Everyone here has been so welcoming and I'm proud to call it home."

Cherry Hills will celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year by opening its newly redesigned 96,000-square-foot clubhouse and entering the final stages of its course renovations by Renaissance Golf Design and Eric Iverson. The club will also host the U.S. Amateur in 2023. “This is an exciting time in the history of Cherry Hills Country Club, and it was very important for our membership to find the right people who can work with us to navigate the club through these exciting projects and events”, says Cherry Hills Country Club President Dave Lee. “We are very excited to have Andrew and Lance join us, and believe we have the right people to lead our club well into the 21st century.”

About Cherry Hills Country Club Founded in 1922, Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado is one of America’s most iconic golf clubs. The golf course was designed by leading golden age architect, William Flynn, who also designed highly revered venues like Shinnecock Hills, The Country Club in Brookline, and assisted on the designs of Pine Valley and Merion. In 2010, respected modern-day course architect Tom Doak was retained to restore Cherry Hills back to William Flynn’s original design and intent.

Cherry Hills has hosted many of the game’s most prestigious professional and amateur championships, including three U.S. Opens (1938, 1960, 1978), two PGA Championships (1941, 1985), two U.S. Amateur Championships (1990, 2012), the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship (1976), U.S. Mid-Amateur (1983), U.S. Senior Open (1993), U.S. Women’s Open (2005), and a PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship (2014).

In the 1960 US Open, Arnold Palmer hit one of the most indelible shots in all of major championship golf. In the final round, starting six shots behind, Palmer drove Cherry Hills’ first green, leading to a birdie and final-round 65 to win his only U.S. Open. In addition to Arnold Palmer, other World Golf Hall of Fame champions at Cherry Hills include Jack Nicklaus (U.S. Senior Open- 1993), and Phil Mickelson (U.S. Amateur - 1990), Hubert Green (PGA Championship - 1985), Ralph Guldahl (U.S. Open - 1938), and Babe Zaharias (Women’s Western Open – 1950). President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was an honorary member at Cherry Hills, is also a member of the world Golf Hall of Fame. Cherry Hills will celebrate its centennial in 2022 and will host the U.S. Amateur in 2023.

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