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Sahith Theegala ('20) Named Nation's Top Collegiate Golfer

July 21, 2020  | 2 min read

Seaver College’s Sahith Theegala became the first Pepperdine men’s golfer in University history to win the Fred Haskins Award, an honor recognizing the nation’s top collegiate golfer. The award, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was announced on the Golf Channel on May 8, 2020.

More recently, on July 8, 2020, Theegala was named the Division I recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award, which recognizes the top collegiate golfer in Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA and NJCAA. One month prior, on June 9, 2020, Theegala took home the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top collegiate and amateur golfer of the past year.

With Theegala’s help, Pepperdine ended the shortened season with its first-ever top regular-season ranking in program history, ranked number one by Golfstat and the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll.

A fifth-year senior, Theegala was the top- ranked player in the nation by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin when the season ended. He was named to All-American first teams by both the GCAA/PING and Golfweek magazine. In eight tournaments this season, Theegala won twice and posted a school-record 69.04 scoring average. Hehadsixtop10sandwasinthetop20atall eight events. Of his 24 rounds, 17 were below par.

On the team’s number-one ranking, Theegala said, “This was our year, but we built this over a long period of time. The team was such a big reason why I had such a big year. A lot of our guys put in so much hard work. We never let ourselves get complacent, and we were always keeping each other on our toes. I attribute a large part of my individual success to the team and the coaches pushing me.”

Theegala holds Pepperdine career records for scoring average (70.61) and below-par rounds (74) and is tied for the number-one spot in top-20 finishes (36) and wins (four). He’s a three-time All-American (just the third in program history), a three-time All-West Coast Conference honoree, and a four-time All-West Region selection.