Ceres High School's varsity girls golf team enjoyed a positive start to the Western Athletic Conference season.
The Bulldogs beat Pacheco and Livingston, and challenged defending-champion Central Catholic.
"I'm very pleased with the play of the girls," head coach Randy Cerny said.
Ceres High junior/2012 WAC Most Valuable Player Caitlin Pfaff earned low-medalist honors during all three matches.
"She's undefeated so far," Cerny said. "She just needs to play her game. She's the champion until someone takes it from her. I hope she continues her winning ways."
Pfaff fired a 7-over-par 34 in the Bulldogs' 151-183 win over Pacheco on the front-nine course at River Oaks on Thursday.
Ceres High teammates Brittany Turnbow, Abigail Nou and Erica Hogner finished with rounds of 37, 39 and 41, respectively.
Jasmine Yruegas paced the Panthers with an 11-over-par 38.
Caitlin carded an 18-over-par 54 in propelling Ceres High past Livingston, 236-249, on Sept. 3 at Rancho Del Rey.
Hogner, Nou and Dania Medina shot 55, 62 and 65, respectively.
Emily Padilla led the Wolves with a 21-over-par 57.
Central Catholic edged Ceres High by nine strokes, 141-150, on Aug. 30 at River Oaks.
Pfaff posted a 4-over-par 31.
Hogner (35), Nou (41) and Turnbow (43) rounded out the Bulldogs' scorecard.
Emily Raspo and Courtney Kim, Caitlin's toughest competition, had identical rounds of 34 for the Raiders.
"It was competitive," Cerny said. "That's one of their narrowest margins of victory. We're right where we want to be. All we got to do is make up nine strokes on them."
Hawks fall twice
Central Valley High School's varsity girls golf team dropped two of its first three Western Athletic Conference matches of the season.
Marlen Diaz carded a team-best 39 while leading the Hawks to a decisive 177-212 win over visiting Los Banos on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus.
Central Valley teammates Alexandra Moreno, Jasmine Vega and Georgina Salgado shot 41, 47 and 50, respectively.
The Hawks lost 169-186 to visiting Livingston on Thursday.
Central Valley's top scorers were Diaz (42), Alexandra Moreno (44), Daniela Moreno (49) and Vega (51).
The Hawks lost to the Patterson Tigers on Sept. 3 at Diablo Grande.
Ceres High will play Central Valley this Thursday at River Oaks. The crosstown match will get underway at 3:30 p.m.