Sports Theegala Victory

Indian American star collegiate golfer Sahith Theegala (center), a junior at Pepperdine University, led his school's men's golf team to victory at its own Waves Challenge Jan. 30. (pepperdinewaves.com photo)

Led by Indian American junior star Sahith Theegala, the Pepperdine University men's golf team Jan. 30 won its own Waves Challenge.

The team won by 37 strokes, with the Chino Hills, Calif., native Theegala posting the most dominant individual victory in Pepperdine history, the university said in a news release.

Theegala shot a career-best 11-under and crushed the field with a school-record 16-shot margin of victory, which led to his second college win.

The team as a whole shot a 13-over 877, a comfortable margin over second place U.C. Santa Barbara, which shot 914 over the two-day challenge.

It was Pepperdine’s first team victory of the season, the university said.

Theegala shot under par in each of the three rounds, averaging 68.3 shots per round – more than 11 shots better than the tournament average.

Perhaps the most incredible stat was that over the course of three rounds where bogeys, double-bogeys and worse were the norm, Theegala had a combined total of just three bogeys, the university noted.

The Indian American led all players with 12 birdies and 38 pars. He was the tournament’s top performer on par-4s (-2) and par-5s (-8) and shared top honors on par-3s (-1), it added.

Theegala, the 2017 WCC Player of the Year and an All-American, had previously won the 2017 Southwestern Invitational.

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