FLORENCE, Ala. - UC San Diego's Keith Okasaki carded an 81 in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday and wrapped up the three-day event with a final tally of 21-over par, 237.
After carding rounds of 80 and 76 on the first two days at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Course, Okasaki shot +9 in round three and finished in a three-way tie for 83rd place. Ryan Grassel of Sonoma State and Cameron University's Brady Porter also finished at +21.
Chico State's Kyle Souza and Lynn University's Daniel Young finished in a tie for first place at -4, 212 after three rounds. Souza fired his second consecutive 71 on Wednesday, while Young carded a 69. Souza went on to win the playoff with a 3 on the third hole.
Lynn leads the way in the team standings with an even par, 864 heading into the quarterfinal round of match play on Thursday. The Fighting Knights shot a -6, 282 on Wednesday to claim a hefty 14-stroke lead over second place Abilene Christian, which stands at +14, 878. Cal State Monterey Bay and Central Oklahoma are tied for third place at +17, 881.
The top eight teams will advance to match play to determine the national champion.
The NCAA championships mark the final tournament in an impressive career for Okasaki. The senior from Sacramento leaves the program after leading the squad in both rounds played and stroke average each of the last three seasons. He recorded the lowest tournament finish of his career at the NCAA Central/West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. two weeks ago after finishing tied for fifth place at -2, 214.
Head coach Mike Wydra will lose just two seniors to graduation this season and welcome back a total of seven letterwinners in 2011-12. Four of the five players that represented UCSD at the CCAA Championships in April will return next season.