Theegala, Cootes Earn All-West Region Honors
The duo helped Pepperdine to finish 13th at the NCAA Championships this week.
The duo, who helped lead Pepperdine to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships this week, previously both earned All-West Coast Conference first team honors this season.
Theegala (Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) wrapped up his season with a tie for 19th place at the NCAA Championships. The West Coast Conference co-Player of the Year and a Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist, Theegala posted a season scoring average of 70.95 (second-best all-time in Pepperdine single-season history). He had five top-10 finishes, while his 12 top-20 results (out of 14 tournaments) rank tied for fourth in program single-season history, and his 21 below-par rounds rank third.
Cootes (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) was second on the team with a 72.14 scoring average, which ranks 10th in program single-season history. He had six top-10 and eight top-20 finishes this year, and 20 below-par rounds (fourth in program history).
Theegala also made the PING All-West Region team last season. This is Cootes’ first such honor. It’s the second straight year that the Waves have put two golfers on the All-West Region team.
On the Waves’ career scoring average list, Theegala is #1 (71.00) and Cootes is #3 (72.33) after their two seasons.
Prior to the NCAA Championships, Theegala ranked #17 in Golfstat’s national individual rankings and Cootes was #77.