It is not every day when you get a pair of twins accepted into the golf team at the University of Texas. It certainly isn't every day that you see them suffer from identical injuries in such strange circumstances.
Pierceson Coody and Parker Coody were accepted into the University of Texas just over four years ago, but their golf careers have had to be put on hold after they both broke their arms during a relay race.
"All we cared about was winning the race, and we took it a little too far," Pierceson said to Golf Channel.
"At first, it felt like, hopefully, my wrist was jammed up, but after about 10 minutes, when you can't move your arm at all, it was obvious something was very wrong."
Both twins were running the anchor leg in this post-workout relay and after crossing the finish line, they both ran into a cement wall and their arms collided with the hard surface first.
X-rays from the hospital revealed that Pierceson and Parker suffered radial-head fractures just below the right elbow at Texas' indoor Athletic Performance Center.
The doctors have not put their arms in casts to prevent muscle atrophy which could've extended their recovery period.
Pierceson struggles to hold his putter but he hopes he will be able to hit some balls by the end of January. Parker's fracture wasn't as severe so there is a chance that he could return sooner.
The pair will miss the Southwestern Invitational at the end of the month and probably the Amer Ari Invitational from February 3-5 in Hawaii.
The Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas could be a start point for their return, but as Pierceson said, risks are not worth taking in their recovery.
"We just have to be really cautious. If you're not, you can run the risk of irritating a tendon or something, and that'll end your season," Pierceson added.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic too, Texas head coach John Fields commented on the need for resilience in 2022 and this setback is another obstacle among many more that could yet come.
This is not the first time that the Coodys have been hit by injury problems. Pierceson suffered from a virus last spring and Parker suffered from a back injury in 2021 too.
The University of Texas Longhorns were disappointing at last season's NCAA Championship when they failed to make the 54-hole cut.
Along with senior player Cole Hammer, this year will be the final time that the Coodys could win a national championship as they are all expected to turn professional in the summer.
Both brothers have made fleeting appearances on the PGA Tour. Pierceson is currently ranked second in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.