Namakula burning with fury, Angel arrives to defend title
Posted Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- Flavia Namakula is not entirely a happy lady. The beautiful golfing soldier is trying too hard to glow in the face of adversity ahead of the 60th Uganda Ladies Amateur Open.
Reason? “I go to Entebbe to practice for the Open and a caddie breaks my putter into two. I am sick already,” Namakula posted on her Facebook after an obviously an uneventful round on Sunday.
A childish fight between Namakula’s caddie of the day (Herman Mutebi) and his fellow caddie - a one Vincent - over a small debt the former owed the latter had put paid to her Odyssey White Ice 330 Mallet Putter 345 g.
“The grip was fantastic. And it (putter) being a mallet and odyssey is proof it was really nice,” said the 27-year-old. The EGC disciplinary committee had briefly suspended the two caddies in question and was yet to unleash their full punishment.
Namakula bought her last putter from South Africa in April 2012 on her way to playing in the Open there. But she disclosed to Daily Monitor that she had already ordered for a brand new putter – an Odyssey White Hot Pro V-Line from Nairobi.
“A friend of mine is bringing it from Nairobi tomorrow (today),” said the scratch golfer after picking defending champion Angel Eaton from Entebbe International Airport yesterday afternoon.
The 54-hole strokeplay championship, which will run for three days, tees off on Thursday at the challenging par-71 Entebbe Golf Club (EGC) course.
Seeking a double
Eaton, who reigned by four strokes in a tightly contested edition last year, straight away attacked EGC to get a feel of the course.
“I am here to defend my title like I promised,” said the 23-year-old Tanzanian on arrival.
“It is always nice to adapt quickly. And that’s the reason why I came in early.”
Angel’s also won the longest drive prize last year but she is quick to say that her priority department is different this year.
“I don’t hit very far any more. My focus will mainly be on my approach shots and short game.”
With Angel in town, a host of other foreigners including from Tanzania led by Sophie Reffenstein, the 2005 winner, are expected to flock Entebbe in the next 48 hours.
2003: Esther Okullo (Uganda)
2004: Rose Naliaka (Kenya)
2005: Sophie Viggo (Tanzania)
2006: Mary Karano (Kenya)
2007: Mary Karano (Kenya)
2008: Melissa Nawa (Zambia)
2009: Jasper Kamukama (Uganda)
2010: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2011: Flavia Namakula (Uganda)
2012: Angel Eaton (Tanzania)