Regional amateur female golfers will continue to benefit from Pepsi’s financial backing with one-month training stint in the Netherlands to make them more competitive in regional and international golf tournaments. The players include; Flavia Namakula (UG), Angel Eaton (TZ) and Brenda Tuhise.
The soda bottlers, who are the name sponsors of a number of golf tournaments since 2011 as one way of building the sport and last year, Pepsi sponsored the Ladies Tombstone Open and the Independence Gold tournament.
Today, Pepsi in partnership with the Amarant Bakker organisation has announced its sponsorship of three of the East Africa region’s best lady golfers.
“It’s great to have a major global brand such as Pepsi coming out to support amateur lady golf,” the Uganda Golf Club lady captain Dr Katy Kabenge tells Red Pepper Online edition.
“We are glad for the sponsorship that we have received for the lady golfers and we encourage more girls to take up the game of golf,” Esther Okullo the ULGU president
Uganda Ladies Golf Union president Esther Okullo can’t agree more; “We are glad for the sponsorship that we have received for the lady golfers and we encroach more girls to take up the game of golf,” she chipped in.
During their stay in Netherlands they will play on several golf courses with the aim of improving their game and giving them the necessary exposure.
The Pepsi support (10.5 million shillings) involves financing team requirements throughout the travel schedule and specifically the air tickets.
Tracy Kakuru the brand executive said the trio who depart will depart today, July 2, 2014 will be hosted by Johan Pader, the Chief Executive Officer of Amarant Bakker, and a company that has a long standing relationship with the maker of Pepsi-Cola products in Uganda.
“The gesture we have extended to the three lady golfers maintains our long standing commitment towards developing sports in the country. This sponsorship provides a perfect platform for the brand to invite and inspire fans,” she added.
The trio won the sponsorship after continuously excelling as golfers over the past couple of years, they also excelled greatly at last year’s Pepsi Independence Golf tournament at the Kitante par 72 course.
Eaton, who had just won the Uganda Ladies Open days earlier, claimed the ladies crown at the Pepsi Invitational returning with a score of 41 stableford points. Flavia Namakula is the finest female golfer in Uganda, winning various tournaments all over Africa and was crowded Sports Personality by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) and the Lady Golfer of the Year 2012. Brenda Tuhiise, a handicap 22 is an upcoming star lady golfer who will travel to Netherlands to develop her talent further and enhance her skills.
“I am grateful for the sponsorship which will give us the opportunity of training on world class courses as seek for exposure on the world stage,” Namakula said at the press conference. “I strongly believe this training is going to improve my game and I believe when I return I will my game will be different.”
“I can’t wait to reach there. The camp will most definitely be fantastic to allow us to prepare and work hard with all our support in coaching in ideal conditions especially when we get tournaments to play in. The greens there are definitely abit tricky about we shall adopt and learn.