Okasaki Concludes Central/West Regional At 232 Following Final Round 76

By UCSD

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Keith Okasaki had his best round of the tournament on Wednesday.
Keith Okasaki had his best round of the tournament on Wednesday.
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PALM DESERT, Calif. - UC San Diego's Keith Okasaki carded a 76 in the third round of the NCAA Division II Central/West Regional on Wednesday and wrapped up the three-day tournament at 16-over par, 232.

After carding back-to-back 78s in the first two rounds at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Okasaki posted his best score in round three, finishing tied for 65th place individually.

Okasaki finished 18 strokes behind Sonoma State's Janssen Todd, who claimed individual medalist honors with a strong performance in the third round. Todd followed consecutive even rounds on Monday and Tuesday with a 70 on Wednesday for a final tally of 2-under par, 214. He was four shots off the lead entering the final day.

Brandon Taylor and Trevor Blair of Cal State Stanislaus and Sonoma State's Ryan Carter finished tied for second with an even 216 on the par-72, 7,100-yard course.

Defending national champion Sonoma State took a big step towards reclaiming its title, finishing with a three-round total of 862 to win the Super Regional Championship. The 20th-ranked Seawolves carded a 5-under par, 283 on Wednesday to seal the victory and punch a ticket to the NCAA National Championships in two weeks. 

Sonoma State finished 17 strokes in front of second place Western New Mexico, which carded a 298 in the third round for a total score of 880. Cal State Stanislaus finished third at 881 (287), while Chico State placed fourth at 886 (309) and Cal State Monterey Bay was fifth at 887 (295).

The top five teams will head to Noblesville, Ind. for the national championships May 18-21.

Patrick Boag of Western Washington and Jon Klingensmith of Colorado Christian will represent their schools as individuals at the national championships after finishing with identical 219s.