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Former Stanislaus golfer produces solid back-to-back U.S. Open rounds
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Different day, same result. That pretty much sums up Erick Justesen's past two days at Pebble Beach, where the former Cal State Stanislaus golfer is a first-time participant at the prestigious U.S. Open, an event that attracts the best golfers in the world, from legends such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to upcoming stars.

Justesen had another solid day by matching his first-round performance. On Friday, he shot a three-over-par 74 on back-to-back days, as the 25-year-old Sacramento native finished with 13 pars, one birdie and no double-bogeys, all helping him to be in the middle of the pack out of 156 players.

He's familiar with Pebble Beach in Monterey County, a place known for its spectacular scenery. He's listed as a part-time caddie there. He has also played at the course numerous times via his time with the Cal State Monterey Bay golf team before transferring to Stanislaus and becoming a two-time All-American. He was also one stroke away from winning the 2008 NCAA Division II championship during his senior run.

Justesen started the second round on hole No. 1, finishing the first nine holes with a score of 36. His back-nine total was a 38, a stretch that included seven pars.

On his first day, he tied with the likes of Woods — who failed to make a birdie, along with Mickelson — and Vijay Singh by carding a 74. Justesen began his first-ever U.S. Open experience with three bogeys before birding three holes on the back nine. He was at two-over par going into his final hole, No. 9, though he finished with a bogey.

Justesen, who's an active Canadian Tour member, has two more rounds to go at the U.S. Open.

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