Demps wins playoff, leads Silverado to team crown

A car accident took away most of Tameka Demps’ golf season. The Silverado junior more than made up for it Wednesday.

Demps, who missed most of the season recovering from a thumb injury sustained in a Sept. 1 accident, won a one-hole playoff against Coronado’s Melanie Chambers to capture the individual title at the Class 4A Sunrise Region meet at Silverstone Golf Club.

“For her to do that, it’s just amazing,” Silverado coach Kevin Schwallie said. “It just shows how much character and how much dedication she has.”

Silverado also won the team competition, tying with Coronado at 351 and advancing on the fifth-player tie-breaker. Silverado’s fifth player shot a 107. Coronado did not have a fifth score.

The meet began Tuesday but was suspended because of darkness. Demps and Chambers completed their 18-hole rounds with a 7-over-par 79 Tuesday. They waited until the remaining golfers finished before the playoff.

Demps bogeyed the 18th hole, but it was good enough.

Demps resumed playing competitively last week. She was injured when a car her brother was driving went out of control. Tameka was fortunate to walk away with only a sprained right thumb.

But it kept her from playing with her team.

“In a way, it kind of helped me,” said Demps, who finished fourth in last year’s state meet. “It was like a break. I was unsure of myself after five weeks off, but I was pretty happy with how I played.”

Demps continued working during the time off.

“She was putting at her house,” Schwallie said. “She was doing everything she could up until the point when the doctor said she could go full swing. She’s out there early in the morning and late at night.”

Brittany Rizzetto added an 80 for the Skyhawks, who, along with Coronado, will head to Reno for the state meet, which begins Monday.

“It’s definitely better that the team won,” Demps said. “I’ll take the team winning over me (winning) any time.”

3A SOUTHERN LEAGUE — Boulder City, Faith Lutheran, Moapa Valley and Virgin Valley golfers will compete today in the 3A Southern League tournament at Boulder City Municipal Golf Course.

Tee times will begin at 11 a.m.

Contact reporter Bartt Davis at bdavis@ reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5230.

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