FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * WURTELE ROGER N 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES INC [ TRCH ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
Chief Financial Officer
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
5700 WEST PLANO PARKWAY, SUITE 3600
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
7/15/2020
(Street)
PLANO, TX 75093
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Options  $.50  7/15/2020    A     375000       (1)  (2) Common Stock  375000   (3) 375000  D   
Stock Options  $1  7/15/2020    A     375000       (1)  (2) Common Stock  375000   (3) 375000  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  The options will vest upon either (a) the closing of a change of control occurring prior to July 15, 2021, or (b) the issuer entering into a letter of intent with a third party prior to July 15, 2021 that contemplates a change of control, and the change of control transaction closes with that third party (or an affiliate(s) of that third party) at a date not later than July 15, 2022; subject, however, to acceleration and earlier vesting of all of the options in the event of (i) the termination of employment by the reporting person for "good reason" under his employment agreement or (ii) a determination of the Compensation Committee of the issuer, at its discretion. In the event of the death or disability of the reporting person prior to vesting or if the issuer terminates the reporting person's employment for reasons other than for "cause" under the employment agreement prior to vesting, the options will still vest upon the occurrence of the events described under clauses (a) or (b) above.
(2)  The options, to the extent such options have not been exercised, will terminate and become null and void on July 15, 2025, if and only if the options vest as described above, or on July 15, 2021, if the options do not vest as described above, subject to the occurrence of the events contemplated under clause (b) above whereby the options would not terminate until July 15, 2022.
(3)  The issuer granted these stock options under its Amended and Restated 2015 Stock Option Plan to the reporting person as executive compensation.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
WURTELE ROGER N
5700 WEST PLANO PARKWAY, SUITE 3600
PLANO, TX 75093


Chief Financial Officer

Signatures
/s/ Roger N. Wurtele 8/17/2020
**Signature of Reporting Person Date