PROVO — There are miracles among us, and the story of Utah Valley University golfer Monica Yeates is one of those that, well, might be off the scale.
Earlier this week while at a post-tournament lunch at Riverside Country Club with Yeates’ coach, Sue Nyhus, she mentioned Yeates had received the Kim Moore Spirit Award, given annually at the NCAA championships by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for a player’s inspiring life. I wasn’t aware Yeates received the award and asked why.
What Nyhus told the small group at the table was remarkable, the story of one of her varsity players who became paralyzed and blind two years ago, overcame, and returned to play competitive college golf.
The member of the panel who chose Yeates for the honor told Nyhus the vote was unanimous, not even close. No story could top the Yeates miracle.
Two years ago this month, Yeates began having pain in her abdomen and back and it progressed to where she had trouble sitting or laying down. One day playing golf with a teammate, she felt like she was dragging her legs around the course. At first she thought it was all in her head and she needed to gut it up and push through, but she made it just 13 holes.
Exhausted, with no improvement, Yeates, who was featured on the Golf Channel the day of the announcement for the award, said her legs felt like Jell-O and she couldn’t keep her balance. After a trip to the hospital, she was admitted and during a three-day stay, she became paralyzed, incapable of walking.
She was scared, terrified. Nobody knew what was going on.
One morning a few months later she woke up and couldn’t see. She lost 90 percent of her vision in her left eye and returned to the hospital.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News