snake shatters dream

Young gun Eugen Marugi's Nashua Masters tournament may have come to an abrupt end, but miraculously, the 24-year-old didn't run into a deadly green mamba, but rather upset a docile, slumbering night adder.

Young gun Eugen Marugi's Nashua Masters tournament may have come to an abrupt end, but miraculously, the 24-year-old didn't run into a deadly green mamba, but rather upset a docile, slumbering night adder.

"The doctor said they are poisonous, but not deadly," sighed a relieved Marugi, a little worse for wear after his adventure during the first round of the Nashua Masters.

The Pilgrims Rest pro had played 11 holes and with his score at one-under, pulled his tee shot left at the 12th. After hitting a provisional, he went in search of his first ball, which had disappeared into the thick stuff.

"I was under some trees, looking in the bushes below, when I felt something like a tickle on the inside of my left bicep. The next thing, the tickle turned into the most excruciating pain and I knew something was very, very wrong."

Marugi screamed to playing partners, rookies Dawie van der Walt and Louis Moolman, and they managed to flag down rules official, Dirk Cloete, who rushed Marugi back to the clubhouse.

"Everyone, including me, thought that I had been bitten by a green mamba."

The longer he kept breathing, though, the calmer Marugi got before a Wild Coast Sun ambulance rushed him to the local clinic in Port Edward.

"These guys at the clinic tell me, no, you can't be treated here, you need to go to the hospital in Margate. I thought, no way, and called my manager, Clifford Green, who told us to go straight to his doctor, Dennis van Zyl.

"Clifford called ahead and the doctor was ready to do a blood test. I was actually feeling okay. He came back and told me it was a night adder. 'Poisonous, but not deadly.' Man, that was a relief."

Van Zyl said the night adder was a common problem in the area.

He applied the anti-venom treatment and declared Marugi fit to play, but unfortunately the young gun had already left the course and wouldn't be allowed to resume play. - Sapa

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