KAMPALA- Uganda’s golf queen Flavia Namakula, Tanzanian champion Angel Eaton and rising star Brenda Tuhaise Ngabo have lived to reap the fruits of their hard work after a promise made by Crown Beverages chairman Amos Nzeyi.
The trio were the big three winners at last year’s Pepsi Invitational Golf Tournament and Nzeyi, in his usual joking manner, promised them a fully sponsored one-month training camp to Amsterdam, Holland to polish their golf skills.
“These are the future of the game in the region,” Nzeyi said then at the awards ceremony. “As a sign of our appreciation, we want them to continue playing golf and training on the exotic courses of Holland should be good motivation.”
During a press briefing held at Uganda Golf Club (UGC), Crown Beverages through their flagship brand of Pepsi officially flagged off the trio with a sponsorship package of Shs10.5m. The team left yesterday morning.
“This is to cater for their air tickets and allowances,” said Brand Manager Timothy Luzinda, who was flanked by his brand executive Tracy Kakuru, the UGC captain Dr Katy Kabenge and Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) president Esther Okullo. “They will be hosted by John Pader, the CEO of Amarant Bakker – a company that has a long standing relationship with us and committed towards developing sports all over the globe.”
Kabenge and Okullo lauded Pepsi for coming good on their word and urged other corporates to borrow a leaf and support the development of women’s golf in the country.
For the three players, the trip is viewed as a chance to improve their individual games three-fold, win more silverware and attract more sponsorship.
“This is a chance for us to enhance our reputations,” said Namakula. “It’s a big opportunity for us to play more tournaments in conditions that we are not familiar with. Our skills will be fully tested,” said Eaton whereas Ngabo was equally ecstatic.
“This is going to be my first chance to play golf abroad and I am going to make the most of it. I will come back a better golfer,” said the 22-handicapper.
The trio will compete in at least four tournaments to gauge how much they will have improved.
WINNERS OF ONE-MONTH TRAINING CAMP IN HOLLAND
Flavia Namakula: Handicap 3, Ugandan
Angel Eaton: Handicap 4, Tanzanian
Brenda Ngabo: Handicap 22, Ugandan
SOURCE: Daily Monitor