Black Widow bite can't stop Holmqvist in LPGA pre-qualifier
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Have you ever gutted out a round of golf while fighting blisters on your feet? Maybe you've fallen ill on the course, but sucked it up and plugged along to finish?
If you have, LET (Ladies European Tour) rookie Daniela Holmqvist of Sweden probably never wants to hear your lame, pathetic story.
Holmqvuist was playing in a pre-qualifier on Tuesday for the LPGA's ISPS Handa Australian Open in Yarralumla. After hitting her second shot from the rough on the fourth hole, Holmqvuist was bitten by a black widow spider on her ankle.
She felt a sharp stab in her ankle. When she looked down, she saw a large, furry, black creature with a red spot on its back just above her sock line. After quickly swatting it away, she doubled over in pain.
"When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a Black Widow, and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medics," Holmqvist told Karin Klarstrom of Svensk Golf.
As Holmqvist's leg started to swell and the pain became intense, she made the quick decision to take matters into her own hands (she'd just been informed that a Black Widow bite can kill a child in as little as 30 minutes). She pulled a tee out of her pocket ("it was the only thing I had handy," she told Svensk Golf) and used it to cut open the wound so she could squeeze out the venom and keep it from spreading inside her body.
"A clear fluid came out," she said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."
As it turns out, the quick-thinking Holmqvist helped her cause in a big way with the self-surgery.
Playing through severe pain and anxiety, Holmqvist miraculously finished her round and shot a 74 -- which left her out of the tournament.
Holmqvist gave post-round updates via her Twitter page, @DHolmqvist:
"So I went to see a doctor... On a double dose of antibiotics and some other stuff 4 times per day. Also the wound needed some attention."
"I asked the doctor if I could do a workout today... Her response "the death-stare"."
The moral of the story: next time you want to whine about some ailment on the course, think of Daniela Holmqvist who played 14 more holes after a black widow bite and ensuing do-it-yourself surgery with a golf tee!
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