FLORENCE, Ala. -
UC San Diego's Keith Okasaki
is currently tied for 63rd place among 108 individuals competing at the 2011 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Course in Florence, Alabama.
The senior from Sacramento carded an 80 in the opening round on Monday and followed with a 76 in round two Tuesday for a total score of 12-over par, 156. Okasaki is tied with eight other players and currently sits 15 strokes off the lead entering the final round on Wednesday.
Three players are currently tied atop the individual leader board as Jake Murphy of Coker College, Kyle Souza of Chico State and Zack Van Dolah of Central Missouri all sit at 3-under par, 141 through two rounds of play. Murphy had the low round of the day with an impressive 67 on Tuesday.
Lynn University is in the top spot in the team standings at +6, 582 after carding back-to-back rounds of 291 on Monday and Tuesday. Two-time defending California Collegiate Athletic Association Champion Cal State Monterey Bay is second at +11, followed by Abilene Christian in third at +16.
Okasaki qualified for the championships after finishing as the top individual not with a team at the NCAA Central/West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. May 2-4. He finished tied for fifth place with a three-round total of 2-under par, 214, which was his best talley of the season.
Okasaki has represented UCSD as an individual in regional play each of the last three seasons, but this is his first career NCAA Championship appearance.
The third and final round on the on the par-72, 7,150-yard layout will begin on Wednesday morning.