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CV golfers improving
Central Valley wins two of its last three league matches
Central Valleys varsity boys golf team has won two of its last three Western Athletic Conference matches. Derek Weis (pictured) shot a 7-over-par 43 during the Hawks 276-310 win over the Pacheco Panthers last Thursday in Chowchilla. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity boys golf team has shown a great deal of improvement during the second half of the Western Athletic Conference season.

The Hawks have won two of their last three matches.

"They've worked hard to get better," head coach Mike Holliday said. "That's the big thing. We just don't have the consistency where everybody plays well or their best every time out."

Central Valley improved to 3-6 in the WAC standings following Thursday's 276-310 win over Pacheco at Pheasant Run Golf Course in Chowchilla.

"It's the second time we've beaten them," Holliday said. "We won by 34 strokes today."

Derek Weis led the Hawks in scoring with a 7-over-par 43.

Central Valley teammates Noah Postley, Jose Castillo, Efrain Garcia and Ricardo Briseno shot 44, 60, 64 and 65, respectively.

"Derek and Noah both had great days," Holliday said. "Things have just clicked for Derek. He went through some growing pains. He was trying to be cautious to avoid mistakes. He's playing the best golf on the team right now. He has a lot of confidence. Noah has good distance off the tee and he's improved his putting. They're all pushing each other to shoot better scores."

The Hawks edged the visiting Panthers by just two strokes, 216-218, on March 17 at St. Stanislaus Golf Course.

Ceres High defeated Patterson 180-189 on April 14 at St. Stanislaus.

Weis, Postley and Castillo posted identical scores of 35 for the Hawks, who avenged a 299-332 road loss.

Briseno and Garcia shot 36 and 39, respectively.

Livingston edged host Central Valley by one stroke, 197-198, on April 12.

Weis carded a 4-over-par 31 to lead the Hawks.

Briseno (36), Postley (39), Castillo (41) and Garcia (51) rounded out Central Valley's scorecard.

Central Valley has beaten Pacheco twice and Patterson once this season.

The Hawks' final three matches are against El Capitan, Ceres High (April 28) and Los Banos (May 2).

"We've made some big steps," Holliday said. "Everybody has worked really hard. We're hoping to pull off an upset."