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Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala wins Ben Hogan Award

The Californian, who also won the recent Fred Haskins Award as college golf's top male player, will make his PGA Tour debut as a professional next month in Detroit

Honored: Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala, as the winner of the Ben Hogan Award as the top men’s college golfer on Tuesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. The announcement was made at Colonial Country Club, site of this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge on the PGA Tour and the longtime home of the late Ben Hogan, who won five times at his hometown Tour stop. The award considers all amateur competition in the past 12 months. Theegala, of Chino Hills, Calif., also recently was named winner of the Fred Haskins Award as the top player in college golf. As a redshirt senior, he won twice during the coronavirus-shortened season and added four other finishes of sixth place or better. Last summer, he won the Sahalee Players and Southern California Golf Association amateur titles before claiming the Australian Master of the Amateurs title in December. He ended the spring season with a Pepperdine-record four career victories and a school-record 70.61 scoring average. He was the third-ranked amateur in the world and led the Golfweek and Golfstat college rankings. Theegala recently turned professional and has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in next month’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, his PGA Tour debut as a pro. Theegala played two PGA Tour events in 2017 as an amateur, finishing T-49 at the Genesis Open at Riviera before he missed the cut in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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