In Summary

Golf. The 29-year-old golfing soldier has won four of the past six editions including last year’s tourney where she beat her close pal Eva Magala by four strokes

KAMPALA.

Flavia Namakula’s professional golf career has stalled at the take off stage.

Her pursuit to join the paid ranks of the sport hasn’t materialized in South Korea as anticipated earlier this year.
“I have not qualified for the pro card yet,” Namakula, who returned home last month, told this paper yesterday. “I hope to go back next year and try again,” the UPDF Sergeant said.

Namakula’s return home coincides with the 63rd edition of the Uganda Ladies Open which tees-off at the par-72 Kitante course next week.
The 29-year-old has won four of the past six editions including last year’s tourney where she beat familiar foe Eva Magala by four strokes.

“Regardless of the shortcomings in Asia, I am ready to defend my title,” Namakula, also winner in 2010, 2011 and 2014, added.
Yesterday, Uganda Ladies Golf Union (ULGU) announced a sponsorship (unspecified) from Castle Lite for the October 13-15 event set to attract more than 80 players. “With partners like Castle Lite, we have been significantly lightened,” ULGU president Maximilia Byenkya told this paper at the press conference in Kampala yesterday.

“This is merely a continuation of a long term relationship between Castle Lite and golf in Uganda,” the brand’s Julian Ssentamu said.

The overall top two players will not only receive golf bags from Nile Breweries but also a business class ticket to Dubai courtesy of Fly Dubai. About 14 players are expected from Kenya with seven and six from Tanzania and Rwanda respectively.

PREVIOUS WINNERS
2009: Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)
2010: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2011: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2012: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
2013: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)
2014: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2015: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)

63RD UGANDA LADIES OPEN
WHEN: OCTOBER 13 - 15
where: PAR-72 Uganda golf club

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