Ping has signed an endorsement contract with highly-rated rookie Sahith Theegala, who is making his first PGA Tour start as a professional at this week’s Travelers Championship on a sponsor’s exemption.
The talented Theegala was the winner of the 2020 Haskins Award as the best player in men’s college golf. He also received the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, which takes into account all amateur competition over the past 12 months.
Theegala, a three-time NCAA All-American at Pepperdine University, had two tournament victories and several high finishes during his senior year. In January, he went wire-to-wire to win the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Victoria Golf Club.
“We’re delighted by the success Sahith has enjoyed at every level, and for all the awards and accolades coming his way — they are well deserved,” said Ping president John K. Solheim.. “He’s played Ping clubs for years, so we’ve had a front-row seat for his steady rise. We’ve watched him win and seen him battle back from injury to win again, which is evidence of his commitment and desire to succeed at the highest level. We’re thrilled to have him as part of the Ping team.”
The strapping 6ft 3in Theegala is excited to begin his quest to earn his PGA Tour card as a member of Ping’s staff.
“It’s really gratifying to reach this point where I can pursue my lifelong dream, and the people at Ping have been an important part of my support network,” said the 22-year-old Californian, whose parents emigrated to the United States from India before he was born.
“Ping clubs have always felt comfortable, they fit my swing perfectly, and provide me the confidence I need to take this next step in my career. I’m looking forward to representing Ping, a company that enjoys a reputation for engineering the highest-performing golf equipment in the world.”
Theegala shot a stunning 62 in his first professional event early this month, the Outlaw Tour’s Lone Tree Classic in Arizona, eventually finishing joint third.
In The Bag:
Driver – Ping G410 LST
Hybrid – Ping G410
Irons – Ping iBlade and Blueprint
Wedges – Ping Glide 2.0
Putter – Piing TR 1966 Anser 2