Theegala Earns GCAA All-American Honors
Theegala is the fifth men's golf All-American in Pepperdine history.
MALIBU, California – Sahith Theegala of the Pepperdine men’s golf team earned his most prestigious honor yet, capping his sophomore season by making the Golf Coaches Association of America/PING All-American third team.
Theegala (Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) was previously named to Golfweek’s All-American honorable mention squad after the conclusion of his sophomore season. He was also the West Coast Conference’s co-Player of the Year and tied for 19th place individually at the NCAA Championships.
He posted a season scoring average of 70.95 (second-best all-time in Pepperdine single-season history). He ended the season ranked #16 nationally by Golfstat and #33 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Theegala also gained national attention for his performance in various professional events, He played in last week’s U.S. Open and tied for 49th place at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in February.
Other 2016-17 honors included being named to the GCAA/PING All-West Region and All-WCC first teams, and he was a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award. 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. He won the Southwestern Invitational at North Ranch Country Club in February.
Theegala helped Pepperdine to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and to a #20 national ranking by Golfstat (the best finish and ranking for the program since 2004).
Theegala is the 11th different Pepperdine golfer to earn GCAA All-American honors and this is the 16th time a player has received All-American status.