Redback Spider vs. Golfer

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A golfer has suffered a bite from a spider that may or may not have been a widow spider (presumably a redback). Such bites are hardly newsworthy, so I suppose the golfer must be famous, though I have never heard of her. In fact, I have never understood how it’s possible to achieve fame through an activity dentists do on weekends. George Carlin’s take on golf:

“I’ve got just the place for low-cost housing. I have solved this problem. I know where we can build housing for the homeless: golf courses! It’s perfect! Just what we need. Plenty of good land, in nice neighborhoods, land that is currently being wasted on a meaningless, mindless activity engaged in primarily by white, well-to-do male businessmen who use the game to get together to make deals to carve this country up a little finer amongst themselves.”

He had more to say on the matter, much of it in words of four letters. But he was talking about golf in the US. I’m sure it’s hunky-dory in Australia.

Anyway, the golfer said she was feeling pretty bad by the end of the course. Despite that, I much prefer the stories of golfers attacked by alligators, like this one. Or this one. Golfers have also faced the wrath of hawks, kangaroos, and even geese


Daniela Holmqvist plays through spider bite in Australia - ESPN
"CANBERRA, Australia -- Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist says she was bitten by a spider and used a tee to extract what she thought was potentially fatal venom before finishing her round during qualifying for the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.
The Swedish Golf Federation reported on its website that Holmqvist was hitting out of the rough on the fourth hole at Royal Canberra Golf Club when she felt a sharp pain on her ankle."

Thanks to Dee and Dan for the news tip. 

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