Theegala Wins Sahalee Players Championship
The junior-to-be won the prestigious amateur tournament on the first hole of a playoff.
SAMMAMISH, Washington – Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala continued his terrific 2017 with a victory at the Sahalee Players Championship, a prestigious amateur golf event in the Pacific Northwest, on Friday.
The junior-to-be shot a 3-under 285 (71-67-69-78) over three days at Sahalee Country Club. He entered Friday’s fourth and final round with a four-stroke lead and despite a rough day, he made it into a playoff with Min Woo Lee of Australia. On the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Theegala made a six-foot par for birdie to win after Lee settled for par.
On a difficult course where the average round was 75.5 strokes, Theegala finished with 16 birdies and 41 pars while committing just 13 bogeys and one double-bogey over the four rounds.
Theegala (Chino Hills, Calif./Diamond Bar HS) is the second Wave to win the Sahalee Players Championship, joining Jason Gore in 1996. This was the 23rd edition of the event, which began in 1992.
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Theegala was one of four Waves playing in the 2017 event. Joshua McCarthy (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) took 18th, Roy Cootes (Rolling Hills, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) tied for 19th and Clay Feagler (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS) tied for 22nd.
Theegala was named a Golf Coaches Association of America/PING All-American third teamer and a Golfweek All-American honorable mention pick 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 the U.S. Open and tied for 49th place at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in February.
Other 2016-17 college 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).
Coming up on Theegala’s schedule is the U.S. Amateur, set for August 14-20 at Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club. Theegala was a quarterfinalist at last year’s championship.