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2A-4 boys golf: Wharton's Demick shakes off last week's troubles for well-timed win

Team results: East Lake (Hand 76, Johnson 76, Hilpi 78, Clark 83) 313, Palm Harbor University (Senger 78, Dingus 78, Cote 79, Camisasca 80) 315, Riverview 315, Gaither 321, Dunedin 323, Wharton 324, Plant 335, Newsome 343, Chamberlain 365

Individuals: Paul Demick, Wharton 70; Austin Padova, Ridgewood 73

RIVERVIEW — At last week's District 11 tournament at Summerfield Crossings, Wharton junior Paul Demick couldn't buy a decent swing.

On Monday, he owned the whole darned course.

Six days after spraying his ball all over Summerfield's spacious fairways en route to 87, Demick shot 1-under-par 70 to win the Class 2A, Region 4 tournament, earning an individual berth in next week's state tournament in Ocala.

"I just lost confidence in my swing. I couldn't find some way to fix it and I was just all over the place," Demick said of his district effort on the same course. "Today on the range I was able to find my tempo and I just maintained it through my entire round."

Demick, whose dad, Jim, is executive director of the Florida State Golf Association, never previously had won a tournament — in his life. Even more improbably, his opposition included two-time district champ Ian McConnell (5-over 76), Summerfield's 2008 men's club champion.

Demick birdied the 154-yard par-3 No. 8 hole, the same one on which McConnell muffed a chip off the fringe and two-putted for double bogey. He also birdied the par-4 No. 6 and was 2 under at the turn.

"I've been playing solid rounds during the season where I'd leave one hole where I wouldn't come out with a score that I desired," Demick said. "And today, I just played all 18 holes with only one bogey."

Because only the top two teams, and top two individuals not on those teams, advance to state, Demick will be Hillsborough County's lone representative at the 2A tournament.

East Lake won the team title with a 313, two strokes ahead of Palm Harbor University and Riverview. PHU then outlasted the Sharks — playing on their home course — in a tense two-hole sudden-death playoff.

McConnell missed a state berth in his final season by three strokes. Sharks teammate Connor Murphy and District 10 champ Gary Buffington also shot 76.

2A-4 boys golf: Wharton's Demick shakes off last week's troubles for well-timed win 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 9:00pm]
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