Talk about love of the game. When Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist was bitten by what she thought was a spider carrying deadly venom, she didn’t quit and head for hospital care. Rather, she scooped out the venom with her golf tee and went on to finish the match.
In the end, she shot a 74 — and just missed qualifying for the LPGA Tour’s seasonal kickoff, the Women’s Australian Open, according to The Associated Press.
But her heroic self-medication earned her widespread attention, nonetheless.
It was at the fourth hole that Ms. Holmqvist felt a sharp pain on her ankle, AP reported. She swatted off the spider — only to be told by helpful watchers the spider was perhaps the deadly black widow.
“A clear fluid came out,” Ms. Holmqvist said after she dug in the tee and squeezed the area around the bite, AP reported. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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