Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala takes Patriot All-America lead
Sahith Theegala <br>(Golfweek Photo)
Sahith Theegala
(Golfweek Photo)

LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (December 30, 2016) -- With a second round 4-under 66 Pepperdine sophomore Sahith Theegala has taken the Patriot All-America lead at the Wigwam Golf Gold Course. Theegala will now be charged with trying to protect a one-stroke lead over Ole Miss sophomore Braden Thornberry and first round leader, Andrew Whalen of Northwestern.

Theegala, who exploded onto the national scene with a run to the quarterfinals at the 2016 U.S. Amateur, did most of his work on Friday during the middle portion of his round. A string of pars began his round before he birdied four-times from Nos. 8-12. Theegala dropped his only shot of the round on No. 14 but rebounded with a 16th hole birdie.

Thornberry continued his strong play with a second round 1-under 69 to move to 5-under. The Ole Miss standout birdied Nos. 6 and 7 back-to-back and bogeyed No. 10 for his only dropped shot of the round.

Whalen, a redshirt senior at Northwestern, started play one-stroke ahead and was fortunate to end the round only one behind. After posting a 5-under bogey-free 65 on Thursday Whalen had to scramble late in his second round. Through 15-holes on Friday, Whalen was 3-over and seemingly in a free fall prior to birdieing his final three holes.

The top-5 is being rounded out by UNLV's Shintaro Ban and Arizona's Jordan Gumberg who are both 4- under and tied for fourth.

Among those still in the mix are Illinois' Nick Hardy (-2) and USC's Sean Crocker (-1).

Results: Patriot All-America
1CACameron ChampSacramento, CA70068-69-66=203
2TNZachary OlsenCordova, TN50067-71-65=203
T3ILNick HardyNorthbrook, IL40070-68-66=204
T3CASahith TheegalaChino Hills, CA40068-66-70=204
T5CASean CrockerLong Beach, CA40073-66-66=205

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ABOUT THE Patriot All-America

The Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation present the Patriot All- America Invitational. It's one of the most unique events in all of golf.

84 top collegiate players named to the PING All- America team in NCAA Division I,II and III, NAIA and NJCAA, AJGA, one player from each military academy and select international players compete in a 54- hole championship.

Each player honors our military by carrying a bag with the name, rank and service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. Following the championship, the bags go to the players’ school for auction, with proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor.

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