Waves Finish Strong at Gopher Invitational

Sahith Theegala, Ian Holt, Mason Overstreet
Sept. 11, 2017

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INDEPENDENCE, Minnesota – The Pepperdine men’s golf team took fifth place at the season-opening Gopher Invitational on Monday, while returning All-American Sahith Theegala posted a third-place finish.

With Theegala and sophomore Hunter Epson both going below par in the third round, the Waves posted a big improvement over the first two rounds, firing a 1-under 283 to keep hold of fifth place. Over the two days at the par-71 Windsong Farm Golf Club, Pepperdine shot a 14-over 866 (293-290-283). The Waves were one of only three teams to shoot under par in the third round.

Pepperdine LogoPLAYER SCORES

  • Theegala (Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) had a final-round 2-under 69, which included five birdies, giving him a total of a 6-under 207 (68-70-69). Theegala briefly held the lead midway through the third round before he was passed. He had 13 birdies in all, tied for the tournament high.
  • Sophomore Clay Feagler (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS) ended with a 73, giving him a total of 220 (71-76-73) and a tie for 31st place.
  • Epson (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) also tied for 31st, finishing with a 1-under 70 that brought him to 220 (78-72-70). His final round included six birdies.
  • Senior Anthony Cecere (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./St. Margaret’s Episcopal School) saved his best round for last, an even-par 71. He tied for 46th at 222 (79-72-71). His final round featured five birdies.
  • Sophomore Joshua McCarthy (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) tied for 69th place at 229 (76-76-77).

    Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • This was Theegala’s fourth career tournament with three below-par rounds. He now has 41 in his career, sixth all-time at Pepperdine.
  • This is the third straight season that the Waves opened the season at the Gopher Invitational. Pepperdine is off to a better start this season after 11th-place finishes the last two years.

    Pepperdine LogoUP NEXT

    Pepperdine’s second event of the fall is SMU’s Trinity Forest Invitational from Sept. 24-26 in Dallas, Texas.

    Pepperdine LogoTHE NUMBERS

    Team Scores: 1. Arkansas 284-285-279=848; 2. Baylor 283-287-288=858; 3. Oklahoma 292-281-286=859; 4. Kent State 293-291-276=860; 5. Pepperdine 293-290-283=866; 6. Michigan State 290-290-289=869; 7. Arizona State 291-293-286=870; 8. Charlotte 298-287-288=873; 9. Purdue 292-294-288=874; 10. San Diego State 287-299-289=875; 11. Virginia Tech 298-289-290=877; 12. Minnesota 304-280-295=879; 13. Penn State 301-289-293=883; 14. Iowa 292-296-305=893; 15. New Mexico 306-294-296=896; 16. St. John’s (MN) 317-312-314=943.

    Top Individuals: 1. Ian Holt (Kent State) 70-67-66=203; 2. Mason Overstreet (Arkansas) 72-67-67=206; 3. Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine) 68-70-69=207; 4. Alex Del Rey Gonzalez (Arizona State) 71-67-70=208; T5. three players tied at 212.

    Other Pepperdine Scores: T31. Clay Feagler 71-76-73=220; T31. Hunter Epson 78-72-70=220; T46. Anthony Cecere 79-72-71=222; T69. Joshua McCarthy 76-76-77=229.



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