National sports websites, including Yahoo! Sports and Deadspin, published stories today reporting on former Cal golfer Daniela Holmqvist encountering a spider with “a large, furry, black creature with a red spot on its back just above her left sock line” during the Women’s Australian Open on yesterday.
The spider reportedly bit Holmqvist on the 4th hole, where she immediately felt “rather like being stabbed by a knife.” Holmqvist’s caddies informed her that the spider was a Black Widow, and that Black Widow spider bites had been known to kill children in less than 30 minutes.
Holmvqist proceeded to stab her wound with a tee to squeeze out the excess venom.
“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.”
Holmvqist finished the final 14 holes, shooting a 74 and missing the cut.
My roommate, a wildlife ecology major, points out that the redback spider of Australia is neither large (body length of 1 centimeter) nor furry. Never trust a caddy, I guess.