Chino Hills resident Sahith Theegala

Chino Hills resident Sahith Theegala was named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner for Division 1, becoming only the fifth player to earn the Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Fred Haskins awards in the same season as the top collegiate golfer in the nation. 

Already the winner of the Fred Haskins and Ben Hogan awards as the top collegiate golfer in the nation, Chino Hills resident Sahith Theegala made it a clean sweep by being named the NCAA Division 1 Jack Nicklaus Award winner July 8. 

Theegala, a 2020 graduate at Pepperdine University, became only the fifth golfer since 2003 to win all three awards in the same season, joining Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003); Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2005); and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014). 

The Diamond Bar High graduate was the top-ranked player in the nation by Golfstat and Golfweek-Saragin and an All-American honoree after leading Pepperdine to its first No. 1-ranking by the NCAA. 

Theegala won two tournaments this past season, and posted a school record season-average of 69.04 per round, and had 17 of 24 rounds under par. 

He recently turned pro, finishing in a tie for third at the Lone Tree Classic in his first Outlaw Tour event. 

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