Mark Murless and Theunis Spangenberg share the R1,2-million Nashua Masters lead on six-under-par 64 following a drama-packed first round on Thursday which saw Eugen Marugi's hopes dashed when he was bitten by a night adder.
The 24-year-old Marugi, one of South Africa's most promising young black professionals, was bitten on the left arm by the venomous snake while searching for his golf ball in thick bush flanking the Wild Coast Sun County Club's 12 fairway.
One under par at the time of the incident, a panicking Marugi was rushed to nearby Port Edward where a blood test revealed the identity of the snake, and anti-venom was administered.
On Thursday night the golfer was recovering at the resort with a still-painful arm. But the night adder, although not as poisonous as other adders like the puff-adder, had destroyed his dream of a good finish as he was unable to continue play.
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