Golf News for Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | People

Mike McCabe, GM at Old American Golf Club in Texas, honored in Titleist 'Difference Makers' campaign

THE COLONY, Texas -- Old American Golf Club announces General Manager Mike McCabe has been honored as a Titleist PGA Professional "Difference Maker," and will appear in several marketing campaigns this month.

The Difference Maker campaign honors Titleist PGA Professionals making significant impacts at their clubs with members and guests. A 90-second video about McCabe and his noteworthy contributions is featured at He also will appear in advertisements in various publications throughout the month.

Under McCabe's leadership, the Tripp Davis-Justin Leonard design has received numerous accolades. Inspired by the "Golden Age" of golf course architecture - a period of excellence between 1911 and 1937 - Old American rose to No. 5 in Golfweek's 2015 "State-by-State" rankings, making it the highest-rated course in the Metroplex for the fifth consecutive year.

McCabe also has overseen the development of amenities at Old American that create lasting impressions. The club boasts TOUR-caliber practice facilities and wide range of game improvement programming. Authentic rustic elements are prevalent throughout - such as a railroad bridge between the second and third holes and a former dairy barn that serves as cart storage. Behind the barn sits an organic garden, which has inspired a leading edge culinary program and farm-to-table menu.

A native of Emporia, Kan., McCabe graduated from The Golf Academy of America and was the director of golf at Tour 18 Golf Course in suburban Dallas. Prior to coming to Old American in 2011, McCabe was the director of golf at Bridlewood Golf Club in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound. In 2010, the Northern Texas PGA named him "Merchandiser of the Year."

"The Titleist campaign spotlights PGA Professionals driven to make a difference at their club, and we're honored that Mike received this recognition," says Jack Matthews, President of Matthews Southwest. "His passion for the game and his expertise in providing an enjoyable and memorable golf experience are admirable qualities that have shaped him into becoming a model PGA Professional and general manager."

For more information: 972.370.4653,

About Old American Golf Club

Old American's natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs.

Acclaimed architect Tripp Davis, an accomplished amateur player and former All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and PGA TOUR/Ryder Cup star Justin Leonard, who played golf at the University of Texas, toured and played a handful of America's classic Golden Age golf courses prior to designing Old American.

The result is a golf course that emphasizes strategy, shot-making and flows with a natural rhythm from the first tee to 18th green. Old American features six sets of tees, ranging from the 5,215-yard forward markers to the 7,174-yard "Leonard" tournament tees. Davis and Leonard conceived the routing and layout with both medal and match play in mind, as golfers are required to hold "steady to par" through a number of holes, but enticed to gamble on birdie or better during select stretches of the course.

Shane Sharp
Robert Rodriguez
Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group