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From corporal to sergeant

NEW RANK: Lady golfer Namakula (R) receives her new pips from Gen Wamala at Mbuya Barracks in December last year.

NEW RANK: Lady golfer Namakula (R) receives her new pips from Gen Wamala at Mbuya Barracks in December last year.

Flavia Namakula’s sweat on the course has continued to earn her plaudits off it with the latest being a new army rank. The handicap one lady golfer was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant in November because of her solid rounds of golf that saw her win two silver medals at the World Military Golf Championship.

Namakula was part of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) golf team at the event. The 28-year-old notched an individual silver medal after stroking rounds of 76, 76 and 81 to finish 15 strokes behind champion Linda Jeffery (73, 72, 75, and 73) of South Africa. She also picked up team silver after pairing with Captain Evelyn Asiimwe to finish behind USA and ahead of Germany.
All this triumph came on the backdrop of Namakula’s third title at the coveted Uganda Ladies Open in October.

“I had faint hint that this was going to happen sometime soon, ” said Namakula, after being decorated with her new pips by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala during a piping ceremony at Mbuya Military Barracks.

“When I won my first Uganda Open title in 2010, I was promoted from Private to Corporal. And now four years later, my hard work has earned me another rank. I don’t know how far I will go in the army but once I continue playing well and in good health, I know I will get more pips.”
Having forsaken netball and taken up golf with the UDPF team in March 2006, Namakula currently harbours ambitions of becoming a professional golfer.

ON DUTY: Lieutenant General Ivan Koreta (C) savours a photo opportunity with Captain Evelyn Asiimwe (L) and Namakula soon after Team Uganda had been accredited for the Games in Bahrain.

ON DUTY: Lieutenant General Ivan Koreta (C) savours a photo opportunity with Captain Evelyn Asiimwe (L) and Namakula soon after Team Uganda had been accredited for the Games in Bahrain.

“If I am allowed to participate in the World Military Games as a professional, then I will turn pro. The UPDF funds my game and a new rank means that aside the respect I will get as a person, I will train more because being a Sergeant will fetch me an improved salary,” added the five-time Nile Special/Uspa Female Golfer of the Year.

At the same function, the UPDF golf team comprising of Captain Bob Drani, Captain Aloysius Kimera, Sergeant Yona Ntegerize, Private Timothy Okwi and Private Geoffrey Otto Orach, was commended for a job well done in the Middle East.

Former Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa, a guest at the function, urged the military to continue supporting and participating in sports activities saying Forces will always be guaranteed accolades in the country due to their profound discipline.
Mulindwa donated several balls and uniforms to the UPDF to help the Force compete in different competitions.

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