Cal State Stanislaus senior Erick Justesen trails by four shots halfway through the NCAA Division II nationals.
Justesen, from Sacramento, shot a 2-under-par 68 on Thursday for a 141 total and is tied for 19th at the 7,158-yard Memorial Park Golf Course just west of downtown Houston.
Birdies on Nos. 1, 15, 16 and 17 kept Justesen, the three-time California Collegiate Athletic Association champion, in range of leader Jude Eustaguio of Florida Southern.
Georgia College and State University shot an 8-under 272 Thursday and lead the team competition by five strokes.
MJC AWARDS -- Three Modesto Junior College players received awards at the team banquet on Thursday. First baseman Joey Blakely was named the Most Valuable Player, outfielder Blane Cox was the players' pick for the Pirate Award and pitcher Danny Price won the coaches' award.
Blakely led the Pirates (21-18) with a .336 average, 12 doubles and 27 RBIs. Modesto's season ended Saturday in the first round of the Northern California Super Regional playoffs.
The Pirate Award is for the go-to player, one who best represents the team. Cox hit .222 with 12 RBIs. The coaches' award honors the team leader. Price went 1-1 in 17 appearances, 18º innings.
MJC FUND-RAISER -- Proceeds from Saturday's club tournament featuring the Modesto-based Central Valley Clash will go to the MJC program. The Clash of the Titans grappling meet begins at 10 a.m. after a USA Wrestling-sanctioned technique clinic.
The event is for athletes ages 15 and up. Boys and girls divisions in three skill levels are open. The registration fee is $20.
A karate sparring tournament hosted by MJC instructor Ken Polite will also be held in the gym. For more information, visit modestowrestling.com.