A virus is taking down everyone at the Austin NCAA Regional
Grab your hand sanitizer and Emergen-C. A mysterious virus is sweeping through University of Texas Golf Club.
It felled nearly the entire East Carolina golf team and sent three players to the hospital–the germs came for the coach as well, forcing him to leave the course of the first time in more than 20 years.
Caroline Powers, Michigan State’s assistant coach fainted and was taken from her hotel by ambulance. Colorado State’s coach is in the hospital as well, per Golfweek.
Arkansas’ Car Gorlei played through the bug, flanked by a trainer the entire round. (With respect to the actual tournament, Arkansas lead by 11 after round 2. Scores .)
Both Baylor and Florida’s assistant coaches were felled by the virus.
Norovirus has sickened more than 100 people in the Austin area recently, but officials aren’t sure if that’s what has broken out at the University of Texas Golf Club.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Florida coach Emily Glaser said. “No one really knows what it is or the cause. Lots of speculation.”
Theories abound. One that’s gaining traction: Some players reportedly dipped their (presumably dirty) towels in coolers of drinking water on course.