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34 4 Publisher’s Letter 7 Editor’s Letter 9 Swingtime Business Development Manager: Renouka Sunnasee 10 Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010


22 Adopt-a-golfer 25 SOS Village: Investing in adversity 28 What’s your handicap? 30 University Day 32 Biz Bits 34 Board of Investment


36 Sweetening the Future 37 Benz & Partners 40 Gilbert Schöni: Private Equity Specialist Amateur Golfer 43 Bonny Air Travel: Transport Manager, Mr Pratap Dave Udhin 45 Adamas: A World of Jewellery


48 André Jaeger: Between Emotion and Reason

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A publication of Market Info Direct Mauritius Ltd Publication Director of Publication Alan Leslie DUVAL


General Manager Dhinesh RAI KALLEE

58 1st Bern Golf Trophy 61 Golf Course profile: Schloss Goldenberg

International Business Development Manager Renouka Sunnasee

62 Lifestyle: Suffren after hours

Administration Office Personal Assistant Joyce LEE

65 Tech & Trends 67 Golf Fashion

Media Team Media Manager / Editor-Journalist Robert GREEFF

72 Fit Round 74 Asian Tour

Concept & Design Gilbert LE CHARTIER

76 Golf Tips 78 Astrology

Graphic Designers Patrice SARAMANDIF Annie WOO

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Photographer Manoj NAWOOR Golf and Events Golf Director Billy NARRAINA Contributors Emotion Golf Events Benz & Partners Photos Emotion Golf Events Printing T-Printers Co. Ltd.

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The 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010 has been an overwhelming success. I pay gratitude to the employees of Swingtime Golf, Market Info Direct and to the Sponsors: Skyprops Finance Services and Asset Management, the Ruth Linder Peter Foundation, Constance Belle Mare Plage, The Grand Mauritian, Le Méridien, Emotions Golf Events, Labourdonnais and Le Suffren Hotels, Adamas, Air Mauritius and Bonny Air Travel. Acknowledgement of gratitude to all the staff of Belle Mare Plage Hotel, The Links and Legend. The courses were indeed, a pleasure to play on. Congratulations to the winners: Luc Bax de Keating and Jeremy Alan Mamet from team S.C.E.T.I.A. in 1st place, 1st Runner up P. Cachia and P. Licari from team Golf Bassin Bleu (Reunion) and 2nd Runner up Salim Rojoa and Deepak Ramessur from team Subra Consult. To our adopted golfers Mourad Bundhoo, Ridwan Purdassy, Jayesh Choony and Vicky Panoo, congratulations for their outstanding participation and performance in the Corporate Challenge. A “special thanks” to our visitors and the players from Reunion Island: P. Cachia, P. Licari, Jean Marie Houarau, Daniel Dijoux, Arnaud Garcin, Désiré Hou Hen Pen, M. Terry, Jean Jacques Paquet, Pierre Navaux, G. Gelly, Michel Deshayes, Alain Boyer, K. Bellon and P. Naslot. We look forward to their participation next year. Ever mindful of the disadvantaged, Swingtime raffled off a fantastic set of golf clubs at the Prize Giving Gala, with the proceeds presented to the SOS Children’s Village Mauritius, a private nongovernmental organization operating in the childcare sector and offering both residential care and outreach services to support the neediest of children. Swingtime strongly believes in the upliftment, development and support of the disadvantaged in realizing their potential.

Generosity overpowers greed! “We cannot oppress an individual; we can only oppress a society! And society is always rescued by an individual. Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King… it goes on and on”. (Bryce Courtenay) All-time GREAT South African-born GOLFER, Papwa Sewgolam, defied oppression by his oppressors after winning the Dutch Open in 1959, and then went on to defeat Gary Player in the Natal Open in 1963. He received his award in the pouring rain, OUTSIDE the Durban Country Club, as Papwa was racially discriminated against by the apartheid era that existed in South Africa. Not only has Papwa prevailed to open up the sport to all, he has truly made history through all his trials and tribulations for all the right reasons: Passion, Courage, Perseverance and Loyalty. An Icon that we can ALL learn from! In true comradeship for the sport of golf, let us together make a pact: if One can make a DIFFERENCE; IMAGINE WHAT WE ALL CAN DO! The result deriving from the 2nd Swingtime Golf Corporate Challenge says it all! We have superseded last year’s participation of Sponsors and Players by some sixty percent. Prizes, awards and donations to Charity were also provided in abundance.

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The overwhelming result certainly affords Swingtime Golf to participate in a few more golf events, both locally and abroad. The Swingtime Golf T.V. Show is at its 15th episode and will be supported by a prized magazine that is poised to be launched in September 2010. Expansion into Switzerland and neighbouring cold countries is imminent, and our first “The Swingtime Golf Initiatives Investment” has been designed to attract and promote Golf Tourism, Golf Events and Corporate Golf Investment for Mauritius and the Indian Ocean Islands. •

Swingtime booking office will be completed and fully operational in Switzerland by November 2010.

An exciting magazine concept showcasing international golf venues, golf related holiday destinations and golf property investment opportunities.

Preparations are in full swing to host the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Pro-Am Championship in November 2011. (This event is a MUST. Watch for details in our forthcoming edition)

Indeed, we are fortunate and blessed to have generous, loyal partners and sponsors who have made these initiatives a reality, through their loyalty and passion for Sport of Golf world over. It takes compromise to make real progress. The sport of Golf is an institution that requires its members to work together to achieve ultimate success. It is rare that one person alone can achieve the major things that are possible when many of us work together. We have always been a nation of multicultural descendents; therefore, let our heritage and culture show-case to the rest of the golfing world that together, we are charged and ready to take our rightful place in the true spirit of the sport. A thought in closing: Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. Like life, golf can be humbling. However, little good comes from brooding over mistakes we’ve made. The next shot, in golf, or in life, is the BIG ONE! Let’s Play!

Alan Duval (Publisher)

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A letter from the Editor Hitting the sweet spot and observing a golf ball’s bold flight into an expansive landscape is a symphony of movement and intent. With the very same excitement evoked by a beautiful swing, Swingtime is pleased to confirm its expansion into Europe with the establishment of offices in Zurich, Switzerland. The first Mauritian golf magazine is solidifying its presence and brand internationally, furthering a unique perspective of business and golf to the world. A contingent of Swingtime recently visited Switzerland, where golfers from Team Swingtime (including winners of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge: Luc Bax de Keating and Jeremy Mamet as well as Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfers: Mourad Bundhoo and Jayesh Choony) competed in the First Bern Golf Trophy held by the Swiss Invest Group. Team Swingtime’s performance was phenomenal, with our very own Adopted golfer Mourad Bundhoo declared as winner of the event. During our visit we met some very interesting personalities, all leaders in their respective fields, from the culinary industry to business leaders and engineer-club fitters. These fascinating conversations will be showcased in our coming issues. See our exclusive interview with Master Chef and Amateur Golfer Mr. André Jaeger on page 48 where we gain insight into one of the highest ranking gastronomic restaurants in Switzerland. As Swingtime made new friends, meeting people from all around the world in the sophisticated and cosmopolitan country of Switzerland, I was very grateful to observe the efficacy and strength golf imbues in building bridges that transcend language, culture, age and social stratification. Playing golf goes beyond just making friends at your local club; it is a global family with shared values positing the very best of the human spirit. It is an exceptional philosophy to extol and it is incredibly enlightening to see in individuals who have achieved much, yet remain humble and sincere. Humbleness and sincerity can be seen a mile away in a ‘true’ golfer. And these qualities are maybe seen more often in the amateur golfer if we care to look. I know without a doubt, no matter where in the world one may go, where there are ‘true’ golfers, you are among friends and family, even if you speak another language ! It is with great gratitude that I thank Ruth Linder, André Jaeger (Die Fischerzunft), Roland and Brigitte Häusermann (Il Primo and Strauss Restaurant), Kurt Schöri (Swiss Invest Group), Dorli Wittwer (Banker - Zuercher Kantonal Bank), Andreas Spiekierhoff, Ralph Gurtner, Franco Cavegn, the staff at Golf Club Schloss Goldenberg in Zurich and the staff at Golf Park Moosee in Bern. Have a great round.

Rob Greeff The Editor

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Swingtime - The Business of Golf appoints International Business Development Manager:

With the impending expansion of “Swingtime: The Business of Golf” to Zurich, Switzerland, Ms. Renouka Sunnasee has been appointed as the International Business Development Manager. Ms. Sunnasee has worked for a number of years in the Airline and Travel industry, garnering insightful experience and specialized skills in logistics, including the co-ordination and facilitation of travel for diplomats of the United Nations in Geneva. By travelling extensively internationally, her world view and multi-levelled ability to network played an integral role in transitioning to the position of Relationship Manager in the private banking sector, where she acquired clients, managed investment portfolios, leveraged client relationships and provided investment solutions. This extended into offshore banking, with the provision of distinctive perspectives required to sustain valuable competitive advantages in the global market place through offshore and financial solutions. Ms. Sunnasee’s flair for marketing has seen her customize strategies and develop corporate images with designers for corporations and organizations as a High Fashion Producer at International Fashion Shows in New York at “New York Fashion Week”. Ms. Sunnasee is dynamic, driven, intelligent and sophisticated. She speaks four languages, namely English, French, German (and Swiss German) and Spanish and will be heading up the Swingtime Offices in Zurich. We are very proud to welcome her to the Swingtime team. Contact Renouka at:

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The 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010 by Robert Greeff


wingtime returned to Constance Belle Mare Plage Golf Courses of the Links and the Legends to stage the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. This event kicked off a week earlier with a press conference held at the offices of Market Info Direct in Port Louis, where all the details concerning the tournament were communicated to members of the press and MBC. The tournament officially began with a “welcome cocktail”, at the Indigo Restaurant at the Belle Mare Plage Hotel. This very stylish evening was sponsored by the Ruth Linder Peter Foundation (Gold Sponsor). In a moving

and heartfelt speech, Ms. Linder, Asset Manager, entrepreneur and lady golfer from Switzerland, explained that the Ruth Linder Peter Foundation was established to alleviate conditions of poverty and suffering of children. The Foundation has a particular interest in providing education and life skills to children, especially girls, so that they are able to ensure the success of their futures. At this stage the Ruth Linder Peter Foundation does work in Brazil, India and Nepal. Ms. Linder encouraged all present to do what they could to help children around the world. Mr. Alan Duval, Swingtime C.E.O., then proceeded to warmly welcome all the players and guests. Initiatives and developments at Swingtime have been dynamic and swift. Mr. Duval gave guests a brief overview of the many projects that Swingtime had successfully implemented and they included: • Swingtime, “The Business of Golf” Magazine: the first Mauritian golf magazine,

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Swingtime Director of golf, Billy Narraina, GM Dhinesh Rai Kallee and Media Manager Rob Greeff during the press conference

in its 2nd year of publication and distributed to 17 countries worldwide and now proudly in association with TIMES ONLINE of London. • The Swingtime Golf Show, “Where we talk the Business of Golf”: the first Golf and Business talk show in Mauritius where golf and business are discussed, where the democratization of golf is championed and particularly where amateur golf can be showcased.

• The Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Golf Tips Show: The first 5-minutes Golf Tips show, featuring the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfers and golf pros giving and demonstrating tips for beginners and established golfers.

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1. Trophy display. 2. Gilbert & Helena Schöni, Maria Komorowski & Gary Skwaric.

3. Eva Kaiser, Gerard Bayeron & Dhinesh Rai Kallee.

4. Cocktail guests. 5. Ruth Linder delivering speech.

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• The Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program: a unique initiative entailing the sponsoring of talented disadvantaged Mauritian youth for one year, also providing a dynamic platform for Corporate Branding as part of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives. • The Swingtime Mauritius Open: a golf tournament in Mauritius registered for five years with the Mauritian Golf Federation. • The Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge: a unique international golf tournament bringing together business leaders and investors in an exciting networking platform together with amateur golfers. Registered for 10 years. Mr. Duval went on to mention forthcoming projects that Swingtime would be launching. These included: • Swingtime Travel: an exciting magazine concept showcasing international golf venues, golf related holiday destinations and Golf Property Investment opportunities. • The Swingtime Indoor Golf Academy: an indoor golf venue for playing and learning the sport of golf (all year round), geared for the whole family.

• The Swingtime Agency in Zurich Switzerland: the establishment of Swingtime Offices in Zurich. The cocktail evening within the premise of the Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge also created the opportunity for networking between guests from Switzerland within the business and banking sector with local business people of Mauritius. DAY 1 Day 1 of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge began bright and early at the Links (Par 71) Golf Course. Clear skies and no wind had all the participants teeing off with great enthusiasm. The format of play was “2-ball better ball”, with the best net score on each hole. Team work was the strategy of the day. “The Swingtime Golf Show” together with MBC was also in attendance to capture the excitement and passion of amateur golf on display. Amid the concentration, determination and good cheer on the golf course, the Swingtime Golf Show swooped in on participants from Zurich to gauge their play and enjoyment of the first day on the greens. A resounding positive response as to the course, weather and level of fun was displayed by all.

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1. Alain Boyer, Messrs. Patrice & Christian Perdrau & Michel Deshayes. 2. Swingtime Golf Show interviewing Maria Komorowski. 3. Swingtime Golf Show interviewing Ruth Linder. 4. Swingtime Golf Show interviewing Gilbert Schöni. 5. Mala Mana, Liseby Ng, Greta Sanson & Angela Peer. 6. Vicky Panoo, Jaynesh Choony (Swingtime Adopt-a-golfer). 7. Carmen & Stephan Keller strategising the next shot. 8. Ruth Linder & Alan Duval on their way to the next hole. 9. Tee off of Patrice Perdrau. 10. Stephan & Carmen keller, Helena & Gilbert Schöni. 11. Billy Narraina. 12. Swingtime Golf Show interviewing Swiss golfers. 13. Raffle prize on display. 14. Jason Barry & Diego Stembert from Starwood Hotel Group. 15. Gold sponsor for the Ruth Linder Peter Foundation.

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Of the Corporate and other teams competing included: • Monteagle Group • S.C.E.T.I.A. • SUBRACONSULT Project Management • The Starwood Hotel Group • Emotions Golf Events • TETRANERGY GROUP • SHELL/PALAOS ltd • Gymkhana Golf Club • Ladies Golf Union • Ruth Linder Peter Foundation • Golf Bassin Bleu The Top Ten results for Day 1 were: 1. Luc Bax & Jeremy Mamet (62) 2. René Yves Luron & Sydney Lasry (62) 3. Mourad Bundhoo & Ridwan Purdasy “Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfers” (65) 4. Ashock Rughooputh & Guillaume Bouic (66) 5. Salim Rojoa & Deepak Ramessur (67) 6. Christian Boy & Irene Tine (67) 7. Jean Marie Hourau & Daniel Dijoux (67) 8. Arnaud Garcin & Désiré Hou Hen Pen (69) 9. Manuel De la Rosa & Yvan Arnaux (69) 10. Valérie Raffray & Francine Delloye (69) DAY 2 The good weather continued for Day 2 of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge at the Legends (Par 72) Golf Course. Golfers arrived to tee off within 10 min of each other in a smooth fashion. The Legends is renowned for posing a good challenge, and many of the golfers adopted and more serious

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outlook for the day. The Swingtime Golf Show and MBC were once again on hand to capture the thrilling golf. Amongst the spectators were a collection of deer looking in on the action from across the dramatic finish at the 18th hole. Players returned to the Club house for a superb lunch and were treated to a view of some of the fantastic prizes on display, which included trophies and golf equipment. After the lunch, four new Swingtime Adopt-AGolfers were incepted into the program. The new initiates are: • Cécilia Gallet (14 yrs) • Stéphane Hein (14 yrs) • Max Daruty (14 yrs) • Emmmanuel de Labauve D’Arifat (13 yrs) These young golfers will participate in the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program under the direction of Mr. Billy Narraina. The Top Ten results for Day 2 were: 1. P. Cachia & P. Licari (62) 2. Valérie Raffray & Francine Delloye (68) 3. Luc Bax & Jeremy Mamet (68) 4. Billy Narraina & Maria Komorowski (69) 5. Pierre Navaux & G Kelly (69) 6. Salim Rojoa & Deepak Ramessur (69) 7. Manuel De la Rosa & Yvan Arnaux (71) 8. Ashock Rughooputh & Guillaume Bouic (71) 9. Arnaud Garcin & Désiré Hou Hen Pen (71) 10. Jean Marie Hourau & Daniel Dijoux (72)

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1. Golfers warming up on the driving range of the Legends. 2. Valérie Raffray. 3. Jeremy Mamet, Sydney Lasry & René Yves Luron. 4. New Swingtime adopt-a-golfers Cécilia Gallet, Stéphan Hein, Emmanuel de Labauve d’Arifat & Max Daruty. 5. Gilbert Schöni calculating the perfect putt. 6. Luc Bax working out the angles. 7. Francine Delloye counting up her scores. 8. Spectators. 9. Golfers on their way to the next tee.





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4. Luc Bax. 5. Jeremy Mamet. 6. Ashock Rughooputh. 7. The golfers having a great time.

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PRIZE GIVING GALA The Prize Giving Ceremony and the Gala Dinner of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Challenge took place at the Deer Hunter Restaurant. Guests were welcomed by exotic and indigenous sega dancing and music, setting the scene for a beautiful tropical Mauritian evening. MBC in continuing coverage of the tournament interviewed Adopt-A-Golfers Jayesh Choony and Vicky Panoo about their participation. They collectively expressed their thanks to Swingtime for the opportunity and were enthusiastic about improving their performance and developing their abilities further. Swingtime C.E.O. Mr. Alan Duval spoke to the “Swingtime Golf Show” about the success of the tournament, the input of the sponsors and was pleased with the participation of golfers from Réunion. He also went on to mention how the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program was expanding with the inception of four new young golfers and that Mauritius would be reaping the benefits of these talented youngsters soon. The Prize Giving Ceremony began with Mr. Duval receiving an award as platinum sponsor for Skyprops and Ms. Ruth Linder receiving and award as gold sponsor for The Ruth Linder Peter Foundation. Gilbert and Helena Schöni and Maria Komorowski received awards as silver sponsors. Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfers, Mourad Bundhoo and Ridwan Purdassy were awarded a set of professional golf clubs by Mr. Duval in recognition for their outstanding commitment and progress within the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program. Swingtime Director of Golf, Mr. Billy Narraina also received a set of golf clubs from Mr. Duval in recognition for his continued outstanding contribution to the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program and the instruction, support and guidance in furthering the talent of the Adopt-A-Golfers. The proud winners of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge were the team from SCETIA: Mr. Luc Bax and Mr. Jeremy Mamet, with a score

of 130. In second place was the team from Golf Bassin Bleu (Réunion) Mr. P Cachia and Mr. P. Licari, with a score of 132 and in third place was the team from SUBRA CONSULT, Mr. Salim Rojoa and Mr. Deepak Ramessur, with a score of 136. The winners for “the longest drive” included Mr. Dieter Praun (Men) and Mrs. Valérie Raffray (Ladies). The winners for “nearest the pin” were Mr. Christian Perdrau (Men) and Mrs. Irène Tine (Ladies). The Top 10 FINAL RESULTS for the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge were: 1. (SCETIA) Luc Bax & Jeremy Mamet (130) 2. (Golf Bassin Bleu) P. Cachia & P. Licari (132) 3. (SUBRA CONSULT) Salim Rojoa and Deepak Ramessur (136) 4. (Ladies Golf Union) Valérie Raffray & Francine Delloye (137) 5. (Lataniers team) Ashock Rughooputh & Guillaume Bouic (137) 6. (Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfers) Mourad Bundhoo & Ridwan Purdasy (137) 7. Jean Marie Hourau & Daniel Dijoux (139) 8. Manuel De la Rosa & Yvan Arnaux (140) 9. Arnaud Garcin & Désiré Hou Hen Pen (140) 10. Billy Narraina & Maria Komorowski (140) The 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge Prize Giving concluded on a high note with a further set of Golf Clubs raffled off, with the proceeds going towards the S.O.S Children’s Villages of Mauritius. Guests were then treated to a sumptuous culinary feast completing a delightful evening.

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1. Maria Komorowski & Ruth Linder arrive at the Prize Giving Gala. 2. Dhinesh Rai Kallee, GM of Swingtime/ MID & Captain René Sanson, Chairman of SOS Village. 3. Sega dancers entertaining the guests. 4. Vibrant sega band. 5. MBC interviewing Adopt-a-golfers Vicky Panoo & Jayesh Choony. 6. Swingtime Adopt-a-golfers Ridwan Purdassy & Mourad Bundhoo receiving golf clubs from Swingtime. 7. All the winners of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge of 2010 8. P. Cachia, Adolph Vallet, P. Licari. 9. Mr Hajee Abdoola & Mrs Yasmine Hajee Abdoola (Air Mauritius), Mr & Mrs Sebastian Pilot, Mr & Mrs Gilbert Le Chartier. 10. Alan Duval with winners Luc Bax & Jeremy Mamet. 11. Ruth Linder, Alan Duval, Helena & Gilbert Schöni, Maria Komorowski & Gary Skwaric.

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s part of the ongoing training and development inherent to the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Programme, two teams of Adopt-A-Golfer participated in the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. The importance of their participation was evidenced at many levels. The young golfers were exposed to a new formula of play, namely: two-ball better-ball, with the best net score on each hole. This was a new format of play and the experience gained is invaluable to their development with regards to shifting the paradigms of golf playing strategy, teamwork and perseverance. Under normal circumstances, the golfers would not have had this lar aspect of opportunity to add this particular the varied game of golf to the repertoire of erience will their knowledge, and this experience stand them in good stead in thee future, particularly on an international level.

Corporate Challenge encompassed all these aspects. The young golfers participating in the tournament were: Team A, Mourad Bundhoo and Ridwan Purdasy and Team B, Jayesh Choony and Vicky Panoo. They had this to say about their experience. Mourad Bundhoo: “We began day 1 of the tournament with the aim of achieving good scores. By the 3rd hole we were in good spirits, but soon we felt the pressure of playing the betterball format which cost us a few strokes. We were glad to finish in the top three at the end of day 1. A discussion with our coach Billy Narraina refocused us on play playing against the course and not our competitors. Day 2 at tthe Legend presented a real chall challenge as it i a tough course to play and a is ffew ew mistakes wer were made with rregards re gards to club se selection and ccourse ourse managem management. Playing with better golfe golfers was a wonder wonderful learning eexperience.” xperie

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This tournament was also the biggest to ed date that the golfers participated in and with the corporate nature re of the event, they were also put ut in direct contact with potential sponsors from various business sectors locally and internationally. For those with ambitions of embarking on a professional career in golf, being able to showcase their talent is essential in laying the foundation of a financially viable career. Raising the profile of the individual golfers’’ work in tandem with their brand development as the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer programme creates specific and targeted platforms for this to occur. Along with the necessary training the players receive, they are made privy to vital components of a contemporary career in golf such as brand development and career management. Their participation in the

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R id Ridwan P Pu Purdasy: ““We W spent m many hours ppreparing for tth h tournament. the PParticipating Pa arti in tthis th is con contest was very iimportant, im port in order t exp to experience the ccorrect co orre balance ooff con confidence and ccoping co opin with the m ent pressure mental ooff the game, so tthat hat we ensure ggood go ood quality of ggolf go olf throughout tthe he round. Our ppro ro Billy was iin nst instrumental iinn kkeeping us ffocused fo oc on our oown w game and

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Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London maintaining a strategized level of concentration. Playing at this particular level with better players was also very helpful in increasing our confidence and broadening our horizons to another format of play.” Jayesh Choony: “I am very grateful to Swingtime for giving me this opportunity to participate in the tournament. Competitions like these provide the best learning experience in how to handle pressure and remain focused. A game review with our golf coach Billy Narraina was very helpful in targeting specific aspects that we need to work on and develop further.” Vicky Panoo: “I would like to express my gratitude to Swingtime for being part of the Adopt-A-Golfer Programme and being able to participate in the Corporate Golf Challenge. It is the first time that I have played the better-ball this allowed me to gain an format, but perspective into the strategic insightful course management handling of of the game. I look and the mental discipline menting the adjustments to forward to implementing play by Billy my game as per the review of our oming weeks.” Narraina in the coming ngtime Adopt-A-Golfer Golf Pro and Swingtime aina was very pleased with Coach Billy Narraina s’ performance. Their first the young golfers’ hand experience of a golf tournament of this m a true representation of nature gives them rough their training. Playing their progress through with other golferss who are at a higher level of play also providess them with a comparative understanding of their own performance and ability. The direct outcome of the tournament as ing will be a focus on course part of their training management andd a strategic analysis of club tion, the Adopt-A-Golfers have selection. In addition, also experienced the dynamics of the mental aspects wo-day tournament. They have of golf during a two-day mportance of mental discipline and recognised the importance focus, and variouss aspects of behavioural psychology ed in their training regime within the will be emphasised coming weeks to specifically address mental obstacles ncountered or which may have influenced they may have encountered their game. The Adopt-A-Golfers are all enthusiastic, serious and eagerr to improve their level of play.


ls Teil des laufenden Trainings und der Entwicklung des Swingtime-eigenen Programms Adopt-a-Golfer nahmen zwei Adopta-Golfer Teams am 2. Swingtime Corporated Golf Challenge 2010 teil. Diese Teilnahme war in vielerlei Hinsicht bedeutend. Die jungen Golfer wurden unter anderem mit einem neuen Spielformat konfrontiert, dem “two ball better ball – hoechste Pun Punktzahl an jedem Loch. Dieses neue Spielformat und die ddadurch gewonnene Erfahrung sind wertvoll fuer ihre Entw Entwicklung im Hinblick auf Spielstrategie, Teamwork und u Ausdauer. Die Golfer haetten unter normalen Umstaend Umstaenden nicht die Moeglichkeit gehabt diesen besonderen Aspekt der vielfaeltigen Golf-Spielarten kennenzulernen und diese Erfahrung wird ihnen zukuenftig, besonders auf internationa internationalem Level, zugute kommen. Dieses Turnier war bis dato das groesste an welchem die Golfer teilnahmen und au aufgrund der grossen Gemeinschaft der Anwesenden stan standen die Chancen gut, Kontakte potentielle nationalen und internationalen zu potentiellen z knuepfen. Fuer diejenigen, die Sponsoren zu e ne professionelle ei profe eine Golfkarriere anpeilen ist ist es natuerlich is natu sehr wichtig, ihr Talent zur Schau zu stellen und den Grundstock fuer f er eine finanziell realisierbare Karriere fu zu zu legen. legen Das Swingtime Adopt-a-Golfer Program Program kreiert genau definierte und zielorientierte zielorientier Plattformen um das Profil der d r einzelnen de einzeln Golfer zusammen mit ihrer Markenent Markenentwicklung anzuheben. Zusaetzlich Train warden die Spieler mit zum Training en den entscheidenden Komponenten einer modernen m einer Golfkarrriere, wie z. B Markenentwicklung Ma B. und Karriere M na Ma Management, vertraut gemacht. Die Teiln Teilnahme am Turnier umfasste all dies Aspekte. diese Die jungen Turnierteilnehmer waren: Die Te A Mourad Bundhoo und Team R Ridwan Purdasy Te B Jayesh Choony und Vicky Team Pa Panoo Na Nachstehend ihre Eindruecke ueber di gemachten Erfahrungen: die Jayesh Choony

Adopted Golfers Mourad Bundhoo and Ridwan Purdasy cipients of professional sets of golf clubs were also the recipients in recognition of their commitment and dedication ingtime Adopt-a-golfer Programme. shown in the Swingtime The provision of brand new equipment is in line with the further development of their skills

and performance as golfers. They said: “We are deeply grateful and appreciative to Swingtime for providing us with new professional equipment. Being a part of a once in a lifetime opportunity is so special and without the training, sponsorship and support by Swingtime our dreams of furthering our ambitions in golf would not have been possible. We know that Swingtime believes in us and our only aim is to become successful and play the very best golf so that we honour everything that Swingtime invests in our future.”

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Mourad Bundhoo: Am 1. Turniertag starteten wir mit dem Ziel eine gute Punktzahl zu erreichen. Am 3. Loch waren wir in guter Stimmung, gerieten aber beim Better-Ball-Format unter Druck. Das kostete uns etliche Schlaege. Wir waren froh, den 1. Tag unter den Top 3 zu beenden. Unser Trainer Billy Narraina erklaerte uns anschliessend, gegen den Platz und nicht gegen unsere Konkurrenten zu spielen. Tag 2 auf dem “Legends” war eine grosse Herausforderung. Dieser Golfplatz ist sehr anspruchsvoll und wir machten einige Fehler bei der Auswahl der Schlaeger und des Platzmanagements. Das Spielen mit erfahreren, besseren Golfern war eine gute Erfahrung und sehr lehrreich. Ridwan Purdas Purdasy: W Wir ir bereiteten uns vviele SStunden tunden auf das Tur Turnier vor. D Di Diee Teilnahme an di diesem Wettbewerb sehr wichtig, W ettbewerb war seh vor allen Dingen auch um die richt richtige Ausgewogenheit A sgewog Au zwischen zwischen Selbstvertrauen und Selbstvert mentalen mentalen Spieldruck zu zu finden um ueber ueber die gesamte Runde Runde guten gu Golf zu zu spielen. spielen Unser Trainer Trainer Billy Narraina N war darauf bedacht war sehr dara uns uns immer w wieder an unser unser eigene eigenes Spiel zu erinnern sow erinnern sowie uns auf u sere Konze un unsere Konzentration hinzuweisen Der hinzuweisen. Umgang mit erfahrenen Umgang G olfern half unser Golfern SSelbstvertrauen elbstvertra zu sstaerken taerken un und wir lernten nneue eue Spielf Spielformate kkennen. ennen. y Vick oo Pan

Ja J yesh Jayesh C Ch oon Choony: IIchh bin SSwingtime Ic ssehr ehr da dankbar ddafuer, afuer, das ich an ddiesem di esem Turnier tteilnehmen te ilne kkonnte. onnt Bei W ett Wettkaempfen die dieser Art llernt man mit le

Druck umzugehen und gleichzeitig zielorientiert zu bleiben. Die Spielanalyse mit unserem Coach Billy Narraina half uns die Punkte anzuzielen, die wir verbessern und weiter entwickeln muessen. Vicky Panoo: Ich moechte mich herzlich bedanken fuer die Teilnahme am Adopt-a-Golfer Programm sowie des Corporate Golf Challenge Turniers. Es war das 1. Mal, das ich das Better-Ball-Format spielte und das gewaehrte mir wichtige Einblicke in den strategischen Umgang von Platzmanagement und mentaler Spieldisziplin. Mit Hilfe der Spielanalyse unseres Coaches Billy Narraina und den gewonnenen Einsichten hoffe ich, in den naechsten Wochen mein Spiel dementsprechend einstellen zu koennen. Golf Pro und Swingtime Adopt-a-Golfer Trainer Billy Narraino war sehr zufrieden mit dem Spiel der jungen Golfer. Die gemachten Erfahrungen in einem Turnier dieser Art werden ihnen helfen ihren Fortschritt waehrend des Trainings einschaetzen zu koennen. Das Spiel mit erfahrerenen Golfern gibt ihnen zudem die Moeglichkeit ihre eigene Leistung und ihre Faehigkeiten im Vergleich zu sehen. Die Ergebnisse des Turniers werden Teil ihres Trainings sein und wir werden uns in erster Linie auf das Platzmangement und die strategische Auswahl der Schlaeger konzentrieren. Waehrend des zweitaetigen Turniers wurden die Adopta-Golfer auch mit der Dynamik der mentalen Aspekte beim Golf konfrontiert. Sie erkannten die Bedeutung von geistiger Disziplin und Zielorientierung. In den kommenden Trainingswochen werden daher diverse Seiten der Verhaltenspsychologie ein wesentlicher Bestandteil des Trainings sein, besonders die mentalen Barrieren, die ihr Spiel moeglicherweise beeinflusst haben. Alle Adopta-Golfer sind sehr motiviert und darauf bedacht, die Qualitaet ihres Spiels zu verbessern. Adopt-a-Golfers Mourad Bundhoo und Ridwan Purdasy erhielten je einen Satz professioneller Golfschlaeger in Anerkennung ihres Engagements und Hingabe waehrend des gesamten Adopt-a-Golfer Programms. Die Bereitstellung nagelneuer Ausruestung steht natuerlich im Einklang mit der weiteren Entwicklung ihrer Faehigkeiten und Leistung als Golfspieler. Die beiden aeusserten sich sich folgendermassen: Wir sind zutiefst dankbar fuer die neue Profi-Ausruestung. Diese Gelegenheit ist einmalig und ohne das Trainig, die Foerderung und Unterstuetzung von Swingtime koennten wir unsere Traeume von einer Golfkarriere nicht verwirklichen. Wir wissen es zu schaetzen das Swingtime an uns glaubt und unser einziges Ziel ist, erfolgreich zu werden und den bestmoeglichen Golf zu spielen, sodas Swingtime stolz darauf sein kann in unsere Zukunft investiert zu haben.

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Swingtime GM, Dhinesh Rai Kallee presenting cheque to Captain René Sanson, chairman of SOS Village

wingtime has a vested interest in the upliftment and development of disadvantaged communities at grass root level. This being the case, the SOS Children’s Village Mauritius was selected to be the recipient of funds generated by the raffling of a set of golf clubs at the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge Prize Giving Gala. Captain René Sanson (Managing Director MSC Mauritius & Honorary Consul for Austria), Chairman of SOS Children’s Village, was present and briefly spoke of the organisation and gave thanks to Swingtime for its support and contribution.

The SOS Children’s Village Mauritius is a private non-governmental organisation operating in the childcare sector. It offers a substitute family to abandoned, neglected and poor children, regardless of their religions. The organisation provides both residential care and outreach services to support the neediest of children. They are referred to SOS Children’s Village by the Child Development Unit of the Ministry of Women’s Rights, Child Development, Family Welfare and Consumer Protection. Those selected specifically require long-term care.

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Swingtime Swingtime issue issue 1111 in in association association with with TIMESONLINE TIMESONLINE of of London London The SOS Children’s Villages operate with four integral principals, which are: An SOS Mother: She is the primary source of affection, care and security for the children and leads each SOS family. A Family: Children up to around the age of 14 years live together like brothers and sisters with an SOS mother and form a family unit. A House: Individual houses in the SOS Village provide the children protection and a secure environment for their growth and development. The Village: Fifteen SOS Family Houses in Beau Bassin and seven in Bambous make up the SOS Children’s Villages, integrated in their surrounding community. The SOS Children’s Village encompasses the full spectrum of child development and care. At around 15 years old and depending upon their level of maturity, the children leave the Family Houses and take up residence (with girls and boys living separately) in Youth Houses, under the guidance of professional Youth Leaders. The youngsters learn to take responsibility, make decisions and be more autonomous. A transition initiative, known as the Independent Living Programme (ILP), is a further bridge to autonomy and is available for young adults who, upon leaving the programme, have no stable biological families to house them. They may live alone or in small groups in rented houses outside the SOS Children’s Villages and must be able to earn a living. The direct support of the organisation is gradually reduced till the “ex-SOS kids” reach complete self-sufficiency. The importance of education is front and centre of the SOS Children’s Village programme. There are two kindergartens (pre-primary schools) chiefly at the service of the SOS Children’s Villages, although children from the neighbourhood attend as well. As many of the children have experienced a severe lack in education in their formative stages, remedial education is given to them by devoted teachers in the children’s villages with some of them attending outside specialised schools.

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Under the Vocation Education and Training (VET) programme of SOS Village Mauritius, needy adolescents are initiated to basic vocational courses like electricity, woodwork and pastry. Qualified trainers deliver modules at an individual pace for the participants. The VET programme is specifically focused on the development of self-esteem with care givers working in tandem with trainers to support the development of the trainees. The Hermann Gmeiner Training Centre (HGTC) plays an integral role in the sharing of knowledge, skills and good practices in fields where SOS Children’s Villages have acquired experience like pre-school education. The sport of golf has also touched the lives of the children of the SOS Villages, Beau Bassin, with their participation in the HSBC Junior Golf Programme. The objective of the programme is to open the sport of golf to the Mauritian youth, especially to youngsters from disadvantaged communities. It endeavours to provide them with all the necessary tools to learn and practice the discipline during 24 months, in a proper and professional environment. With the support of the Royal and Ancient Club of St. Andrews (R&A) and the involvement of the Mauritius Golf Federation (MGF), the programme provides an opportunity for potential talent to

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blossom with the best having the possibility of representing Mauritius in the Bi-annual World Junior Golf Championship and watching the British Open in 2011. With a sound knowledge of the game, some youngsters would also benefit from pursuing a career in the game or industry of golf. HSBC believes that the game of golf is strongly associated with the teaching of three key values that are absolutely essential for success in business, namely: self-confidence, decision making and perseverance. Jaganmohan Ramachandran, Head of Global Banking Mauritius and leader of the project, said: “We have gathered together a great bunch of disciplined and enthusiastic kids who are learning the intricacies of the game in a planned and methodical manner. The team formed to train the kids is committed and pro-active and is making sure that the kids are well moulded in all facets of the game. It is my only aspiration that private golf clubs provide access to all junior golfers at a nominal fee as it is in most developed countries, and make the game more inclusive”.The children are provided with two training sessions every week, at the Special Mobile Force shooting range, Candos Hill. The sessions encompass coaching and the rules and etiquette of golf.

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s amateur golf continues to explode in popularity, capturing the hearts and minds of newcomers to the sport worldwide, and golf becoming an indispensable aspect to networking in contemporary business, the question: “What’s your handicap?” need not fill you with anxiety at your lack of understanding. Although discussions about golf handicaps may sound like strange esoteric equations designed to keep the everyday man from the lofty realms of golf, this is far from the case. The following will prepare the entry-level amateur golfer in his or her first steps into one of the most rewarding sporting activities. Essentially, a handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfer’s playing ability based on the tees played for a given course. It is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes actually played. This allows players of different playing ability to play against each other on relatively equal terms. The higher the handicap of a player, the poorer the player is, relative to those with lower handicaps. Golf clubs or national golf associations oversee and administer handicaps. Rules pertaining to handicaps can and do vary from country to country. It is important to note that handicap systems are not used in professional golf.

A handicap is calculated with a specific arithmetic formula that approximates how many strokes above par a player should be able to play. The R&A, now a separate organization from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, based in St. Andrews, Scotland, is responsible for the authorization of handicap systems in all golf playing countries, except the United States and Mexico, where United States Golf Association rules apply, and Canada, where the Royal Canadian Golf association rules apply. The integral part of one’s handicap comes into play when calculating one’s net score. A golfer’s net score is determined by subtracting the player’s handicap from the gross score (the number of strokes actually taken). The net scores of all the competing golfers are compared and the player with the lowest score wins. A player’s handicap is intended to show his or her potential, not his or her average score, as is the common understanding. The frequency with which a player will play to his or her handicap (potential) is a function of that golfer’s handicap, as low handicappers statistically account for greater accuracy and consistency than higher handicappers. The USGA refers to this as the ‘average best’ method. Handicap systems effectively are based on calculating an individual player’s playing ability from the

Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London golfer’s recent history of rounds. This will entail a level of flexibility and will be regularly adjusted to increases or decreases in a player’s scoring. In the United States, handicaps are calculated using several variables. These include the player’s scores from most recent rounds, as well as the course and slope ratings from those rounds. Officially rated golf courses in the U.S are described by two numbers which are the course rating (a number between 67 and 77 and used to measure the average “good score” of a “scratch golfer”: a golfer whose handicap is zero, on that course) and the slope rating (a number between 55 and 155 that describes the relative difficulty for a “bogey golfer”: a golfer who has a handicap of 18). These two numbers are used to calculate a player’s handicap differential, and that is used to adjust a player’s score in relation to par. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a “scratch score” system was previously in place in order to rate courses and be fair to golfers of varying ability, and to make allowances that courses may play “easier” or “harder” than par, overall, to the amateur field. Hence, a “standard scratch score” (SSS) is used as a baseline for how the course plays in practice. A SSS lower than par indicates a course which golfers find slightly easier and the converse, a SSS above par, golfers would find harder. Similar to the SSS is the Competition Scratch Score (CSS). In principle, this is the same, only this describes how easy or how difficult the course played during a given competition. Adjustments by the club to the player’s handicap are made against this CSS score. Golfers with a handicap of 5 or lower are said

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to be Category 1 players. Higher handicapped players are categorized as Category 2, 3, or 4. For every stroke the Category 1 golfer’s net score is below the CSS, his handicap is reduced by 0.1. For Category 2 golfers, this figure is 0.2, for Category 3 golfers it is a 0.3 reduction and 0.4 for Category 4 golfers. Similarly, amateur golfers are allowed a “Buffer zone” to protect their handicap on “offdays”.This is one stroke for Category 1, two strokes for Category 2, and so on. This means that if a Category 1 golfer’s net score is one stroke higher than the CSS, his handicap will not increase. If a golfer’s net score is higher than the CSS plus buffer zone combined, his handicap will increase by 0.1. This 0.1 increase covers all golfers and does not vary by category. At this stage there exists no national standardized handicapping system in Mauritius. Many of the golf courses and private golf clubs make use of USGA approved software to calculate and update handicaps of their members. The Mauritian Golf Federation does however have plans to implement a French handicapping system by January 2011. Players’ handicaps will be captured on a central database with golf clubs and courses having access to it. Resident Golf Pros and Coaches at Golf Courses and Clubs affiliated to the R & A or USGA will be able to guide newcomers in attaining accredited handicaps. Through practice and dedication, all newcomers to the sport of golf can aim for perfection and track their development with that infamous question: “What’s your handicap?”

30 Student sports week

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Swingtime scores a hole in one at the University of Mauritius. By Abhijeetsingh Ramsurrun (University of Mauritius)


he relevance of sport as a complimentary component to academic studies sees increasing popularity worldwide. The University of Mauritius students, together with the staff members subsequently ensure that extracurricular activities are included during each academic year. This year was no exception, with activities all year round which culminated with the “Sports Week”. This year saw a change in the way it was organised, including various sporting activities proposed to the students. A new dynamic approach to the sports week was initiated, which saw it rebranded into the “Semaine de l’Étudiant” and took place over a six-day period. The week itself was an innovative approach to showcasing sports activities and included the demonstration and participation in various sporting disciplines integrating ancient traditional games, skateboarding, karting, archery and golf. Golf in Mauritius, like in many places around the world, has been perceived as the domain of the affluent and the elite. As golf is an integral component of the tourism industry in Mauritius, increasingly becoming the strong draw card to the island, itself being positioned as an international premier golf destination, particularly to the avid amateur golfer, the Sports Committee of the University of Mauritius felt compelled to bring the sport to the student body. Golf had never before featured in the sports week and “Swingtime: The Business of Golf Mauritius” was sought out to assist in providing a platform to showcase golf to students who had never before come into contact with the sport. The power of golf came into full effect and surprised many. What was intended to be a minigolf demonstration and initiation, turned out to be the most successful activities of the entire sports week clearly displayed in participation, interest and enthusiasm. After a short theoretical introduction, including the viewing of the “Swingtime AdoptA-Golfer Golf Tips Show”, eagerness to swing a golf club had built up to quite a fervour. Mauritian

professional golfer and Swingtime Director of Golf, Billy Narraina, together with Swingtime Adopt-AGolfer Mourad Bundhoo demonstrated the basic fundamentals of a golf swing, putt and chip to keen young men and women all raring to go. For many students, striking the ball on the first swing was greeted with an enthusiastic applause by their peers and over 200 students excitedly lined up to have a few more tries at swinging a club. The event came to a close at 4 p.m. with all enraptured by their very first foray into golf. Many were disappointed that the sport of golf was only proposed for one day and that the golf demonstration was the highlight of the week. A deluge of enquiries as to where the students could learn how to play golf, once again brought up the need for golf to be fully democratised as the majority of courses and clubs on the island are financially beyond their reach. Students also expressed an interest in golf and its business and engineering aspects being introduced as an academic subject in the form of an elective or GEM module or enhancing a Masters programme. Students also expressed their enthusiasm for the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Programme. To see one of their fellow young people rise up to the opportunity to develop their golfing talent was very encouraging and bodes well for future of the sport of golf in Mauritius. As a member and spokesperson of the organising committee, I would like to thank “Swingtime, The Business of Golf” Mauritius for giving us all a truly memorable day. Initiating the students into the sport of Golf completely exceeded our expectations. I would also like to thank the team from Swingtime: Rob Greeff, Dhinesh Rai Kallee, Billy Narraina and Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Mourad Bundhoo for their involvement and support. With the outstanding positive support of the students and demands already for a bigger golf day, we hope to cater to more students next year with golf becoming a firm fixture in the University of Mauritius.

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GM of Swingtime-Dhinesh Rai Kallee

Swingtime Golf Pro-Billy Narraina

Swingtime friend-Antoine Devasle

Vice-Chancellor of UoM, Prof. Morgan with organisers of the sports week

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he presence of Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean has generated a cause for concern among exporters in Africa shipping products to Mauritius, with the advent of acts of piracy, including the attack of a Spanish Tuna boat in the waters of Madagascar. Subsequent increases in transport costs have been the result of security measures put in place. Mohammed Mursal, Director of GLT, a company that exports products to Mauritius, indicated that under normal circumstances cargo arrives within 7 days. Detours and longer routes, implemented to avoid attacks by pirates result in goods arriving 10 days later. Vice Admiral Sushil, from the Indian Navy, indicated that the search and monitoring of shipping routes has escalated in a bid to prevent attacks from pirates in the Indian Ocean.


he Ministry of Fisheries recently signed an agreement with the Southern Indian Ocean Deep Sea Fishers Association (SIODFA), an organization composed of fishermen from Australia and New Zealand, as part of promoting the Seafood Hub in Mauritius. The express purpose of this agreement is the protection, preservation and ongoing conservation of marine wildlife. One of the practices that are damaging to marine ecosystems particularly those with prevalent coral populations is ‘bottom trawling� (towing a trawl, which is a fishing-net dragged along the sea floor). The agreement signed between the Ministry of Fisheries and Rodrigues with

ie Uebergriffe somalischer Piraten im Indischen Ozean, insbesondere seit dem Ueberfall eines spanischen Thunfischfrachters in den Gewaessern vor Madagaskar, haben bei afrikanischen Mauritius- Exporteuren, grosse Besorgnis hervorgerufen.. Steigende Transportkosten aufgrund der erhoehten Sicherheitsmassnahmen sind die Folge. Mohammed Mursal, Direktor der GLT, einer Exportfirma im Handel mit Mauritius gab an, das vor den Attacken die Ladung innerhalb von 7 Tagen eintraf. Umwege und laengere Routen, ausgearbeitet um die Ueberfaelle der Piraten zu vermeiden haben zur Folge, das die Waren 10 Tage spaeter als gewoehnlich eintreffen. Mr. Sushil, Vizeadmiral der indischen Marine, erklaert, Das, um die Attacken zu verhindern, die fieberhafte Suche nach neuen Fahrtrouten und die Ueberwachung der bestehenden ausgeweitet werden.


ls Teil der Werbekampagne fuer den Seafood Hub in Mauritius unterzeichnete das Ministerium fur Fischerei kuerzlich ein Abkommen mit dem Verband fuer Hochseefischerei im suedlichen Indischen Ozean SIODFA, einer Organisation australischer und neuseelaendischer Hochseefischer. Das wichtigste Ziel dieses Abkommens ist der Schutz und die Erhaltung der Meeresfauna und -flora. Hauptsaechlich mitverantwortlich fuer die Zerstoerung des marinen Oekosystems, besonders der ueberwiegend mit Korallen besiedelten Gewaessern, ist die Bodentrawlfischerei (bottom trawl). Dabei werden Fischernetze, sogenannte trawls ueber den Meeresboden gezogen. Das Abkommen, welches vom Ministerium fuer Fischerei, Rodrigues und der SIODFA unterzeichnet wurde, garantiert den Schutz und Erhalt der Unterwasserwelt um Mauritius (eines der wichtigsten Elemente des Tourismus), indem es genaue Auflagen und Bedingungen fuer die Trawlfischerei beinhaltet.


ie Financial Services Commission (FSC), verantwortlich fuer die Regulierung der ausserbanklichen Finanzdienstleistungen und die

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he Financial Services Commission (FSC), responsible for regulation of non-banking financial services and the Mauritian Revenue Authority (MRA), the tax office, have entered into an agreement of co-operation for the mutual exchange of information between the two bodies. Mr. Milan Meetarbhan, Director of the FSC, indicated that this was to further enhance the noteworthiness of Mauritius as a well regulated and transparent financial centre. The exchange of information would not only concern taxes, but also encompass the prevention of crime, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The process of sharing information between the FSC and MRA will further bolster the confidence of countries with which Mauritius has agreements of non-double taxation.

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Finanzbehoerde Mauritian Revenue Authority (MRA), haben ein Abkommen uber einen gegenseitigen Informationsaustausch getroffen. Dies sei, so Mr. Milan Meetarbhan, Direktor des FSC, eine beachtliche Aufwertung fuer Mauritius als gut reguliertes und transparentes Finanzzentrum. Der Informationsaustausch ist nicht nur steuertechnisch wichtig, sondern beugt der Kriminalitaet vor, verhindert Geldwaesche und Finanzierung von terroristischen Einrichtungen und –gruppen und wird sich ausserdem positiv auf die Beziehung zwischen Mauritius und den Laendern mit denen ein Einzelsteuerabkommen besteht, auswirken..

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he catalyst of the Investment Promotion Act has seen the Board of Investment (BOI) become the prime agency in the promotion and facilitation of investment in Mauritius since its establishment in March 2001. The positioning of Mauritius as a growing business and financial hub has been furthered with the Business Facilitation Act in 2006, effectively propelling it on to the world stage as a globally competitive and flexible environment to do business.

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development and improvement of the investment climate and culture, together with its supportive stance on innovation, has resulted in the forging of a firm partnership with the private sector. This is strongly evidenced by the range of free services offered which includes: • •

A dynamic paradigm shift has seen Mauritius tap into the global economic view with its proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa and fully encompasses a unique lifestyle for investors to work and live. The Board of Investment, with its team of highly dedicated and experienced professionals, has in turn evolved into the foremost counselling agency and provides free advisory services to assist investors and professionals interested in maximising the many advantageous aspects Mauritius showcases such as: • • • • • • •

A robust business environment; A highly skilled bilingual (English & French) Workforce; Strategic location and favourable time zone; A wide network of DTA agreements; State-of-the-art infrastructure and logistics platforms; Preferential access to regional, European and US Markets; Harmonized personal and corporate tax rate of 15%.

The Board of Investment has become a strategic partner for companies seeking to expand their business via the conduit of Mauritius, by providing investment information and technical advice. Within the global context of business and its associated ebbs and flows, invaluable and functional information pertaining to the Mauritian business environment, its investment climate and various competitive advantages the country presents are made available to potential investors by the BOI. This is taken a step further with a personalized range of services designed to attract investment and talent to the country, and implemented by the team of professionals with the very best industry expertise. The direct output is professional guidance for successful business launches in Mauritius. The BOI’s indelible contribution to the

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Counselling on investment opportunities in Mauritius; Providing tailor-made information for setting up a business in Mauritius; Organization of customized meetings and visits; Identification of joint venture partners; Assistance with site locations and production facilities; Assistance with occupation permits, licenses and clearances.

The BOI consistently seeks to cultivate investment possibilities through a spectrum of industries and actively promotes a variety of sectors such as: • • • • •

International services (including Financial, ICT, Logistics and Information Services); Life Sciences services; Hospitality and Property development; Manufacturing, Light engineering and Agriculture; Seafood and Land-based Oceanic Industry.

In a bid to provide assistance to investors seeking investment opportunities in Mauritius, the BOI has established international offices with a full complementary of staff in Paris and Mumbai. The Board of Investment was also the proud recipient of the top prize and accolade for Policy Advocacy by the WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) in April 2008, very much indicative of the high level of service it endeavours to deliver.


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or many years the Mauritian economy was spearheaded by the sugar industry. Like many sugar producing countries reeling from international market fluctuations, including the gradual reduction in price across European markets (of which Mauritius accounts for over 25% of the EU sugar imports), the Mauritius Sugar Industry has had to restructure and refocus not only on value added products, increased production in cost effective and efficient processes, but also remain viable in a changing economic landscape. Attune to demands, economic conditions and requisite paradigm shifts have seen sugar producers and government authorities implement a reform strategy that entailed the amalgamation of small-scale planters as well as reducing the number of sugar factories from eleven to six. In tandem, a dynamic adaptation to cane production – with a highlighted positioning of cane by-products such as electric power, ethanol and agriculture – has been the main thrust of the reorganization and modification process. A total yearly export of 350 000 tonnes has been projected from refining by FUEL and Omnicane Sugar Estates, which saw production commence in 2009. Existing infrastructure with flexible functionality such as refineries, rum distilleries, ethanol and electrical plants have ensured the smooth transition to sugarcane production with Omnicane leading the way in the production of electricity, bio-fuel, rum and fertilizers.

Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London Omnicane will improve storage and handling facilities and extend an existing mill. The EIB’s support follows a EUR 13 million loan made in August 2009 to FUEL Sugar Milling Company Ltd. Both loans will benefit from an interest subsidy from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). The Mauritius Sugar Reform Project is the first EIB-funded initiative that implements the 2006 Port Moresby Declaration in which EU member States agreed to mobilise through the EIB up to EUR 100 million in the form of interest rate subsidies to help ACP sugar producing countries adapt. The investment is part of a wider adaptation strategy developed for the Mauritian sugar sector by both industry and government to ensure long-term viability. Ambassador Alessandro Mariani, Head of the delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius, indicated that the objective of this financial assistance is to contribute to ensuring the commercial viability and sustainability of the sugar sector for it to continue fulfilling its multifunctional role in the Mauritian economy as well as to increase the country’s economic competitiveness. As Mauritius continues to diversify, innovate and develop its products and services, the Mauritius Sugar Industry is certainly following suit and positioning itself as a relevant economic contributor ensuring a sweet taste for the future.

Further bolstering the stride of the sustainable future of the Mauritian sugar industry is the European Investment Bank (EIB) providing a EUR 15 million loan to Omnicane to construct two sugar refineries, as part of the European Union’s wider support of reform in the Mauritius sugar industry. The funding for

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Gilbert Schöni: Private Equity Specialist and Amateur Golfer


mateur golf is indeed the mainstay of the business world as indicative of the fantastic participation evidenced at the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. Swingtime, The Business of Golf met up with Mr. Gilbert Schöni, a Private Equity specialist from Switzerland who travelled to Mauritius to participate in what is becoming “the” corporate golf tournament to network at. We spoke to Mr. Schöni about the added value of golf in business. RG: How did you start playing golf? GS: A very good friend of mine talked me into it. After a year of inducement from him to try it out, I decided to give it a go. RG: Golf is not always an easy sport to master, in fact getting a handle on some of the basics and be rather tricky in the beginning. Did your introduction to amateur golf present any challenges? GS: Yes, definitely. When I was first on the driving range with a golf teacher, I could not hit the ball at all. I began to work very hard at it, beginning with 10 balls and seeing how many I could hit.. It was a slow process and at the start I could hit only one, but by the end it was 8 or 9. That is the fantastic dy goal driven, thing about golf. If you are already this is the sport for you. It drives you to tter. enhance your objective to do better. erence many RG: Golf has in its sphere of reference ster. Which aspects and departments to master. particular aspects do you enjoy most? GS: It’s definitely not easy. One thing that at you you have to learn and apply is that d have to forget everything around you, forget about business and completely switch off from distractions and concentrate on what you are doing: your swing, your posture, and so on. I enjoy that mental state the game of golf induces. RG: As you mentioned, the component of concentration and focus plays a big role in the very important mental aspect of the game. Do you feel the implementation of such a focus assists you in your business dealings? GS: Oh yes, without any doubt. d It brings a certain sharpness and ngs mental acuity to business dealings

and projects. I have an interest in shooting as well. This too requires a particular mind-set. You have to tap into a sense of calm. Golf is very similar in that your headspace, concentration and approach have to be completely focused in conjunction with the physical co-ordination. RG: I believe that you travel very widely and frequently, presenting the opportunity to play golf around the world. Which courses have been your favourites? GS: I very much enjoy the golf courses in the south of Portugal. They are not too far from Switzerland and the weather there is much better. As my wife is from Portugal we spend a lot of time there. I must say, though, that I have very much enjoyed the courses here in Mauritius too. RG: You have also participated in the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. What has been your experience of this international tournament? GS: It has been absolutely fantastic. It was a wonderful and memorable experience. This has been my first visit to Maur Mauritius. The people are a azing and very friendly am friend and hospitable. amazing T e golf courses are excellent Th e The and provide im a great variety and impeccable service aan nd quality. The tourna and tournament itself was very well organised and an took place in very fantastic weather. It also fa a offered excellent fantastic opportunities for networking netw opportunities and meeting many interesting people. peop many RG: Do you see the value RG valu of corporate golf RG: events like the Swingtime ev Swingtim Corporate Golf events Challenge contribute to contemporary Ch co Challenge business r lationships? re relationships? G : Yes indeed. Events like these create GS GS: superb platforms fo for networking and g ge tting to know p getting people. I find that g olf particularly ccan take a business golf rrelationship re lationship fro from short-term to longtterm te rm very effe effectively, with business generated by b follow up meetings generated aand an d so fo forth. RG R RG: The 2nd Swingtime C o Corporate Golf C h Challenge promoted aand n supported two ch ch charity foundations, nam The Ruth Linder na namely Pete Pete ter Foundation Fou Peter and the S.O S. .O.S Children Villages, Mauritius. S.O.S Do you see corporate Do corp golf events

Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London playing integral roles in the support of NGO’s and Corporate Social Responsibility Programs? GS: Yes very much so. Golfers tend to be in more privileged positions than most people and display a wonderful sense of generosity and sharing. These values are at the heart of golf and come into action with the care and support of the disadvantaged worldwide. Hence, charity and golf go very well together, especially when it comes to putting corporates and individuals in touch with those that require help the most. Amateur-Golf ist tatsaechlich eine Groesse in der Geschaeftswelt, bezeichnend war die ueberwaeltigende Teilnahme am 2. Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. The Business of Golf traf Gilbert Schoeni, einen schweizer Anlageberater und Teilnehmer an diesem wichtigen Golfereignis. Wir sprachen mit Gilbert Schoeni ueber den Stellenwert von Golf in der Geschaeftswelt. RG: Wie haben Sie den Golfsport entdeckt? GS: Ein guter Freund erzaehlte mir davon. Er versuchte ein ganzes Jahr lang mich zum Spielen zu bewegen. Schliesslich gab ich nach und stimmte zu. RG: Golf ist kein einfach Sport, gerade am Anfang ist es ziemlich knifflig und schwer in den Griff zu bekommen. Bestimmt war auch fuer Sie der Beginn eine Herausforderung? GS: Oh ja! Als ich mit dem Trainer auf der Driving Range uebte, traf ich keinen einzigen Ball. Ich begann, wirklich hart zu trainieren und startete mit 10 Baellen um zu sehen, wie viele ich davon abschlagen koennte. Es ging sehr langsam vorwaerts, anfaenglich traf ich nur einen Ball aber am Ende waren es 8 oder 9. Das ist so grossartig beim Golf: wenn Sie zielorientiert sind, ist das DER Sport fuer Sie, man moechte immer besser werden, mehr erreichen. RG: Golf ist ein Sport mit vielen Facetten. Was gefaellt Ihnen besonders gut? GS: Es ist wirklich kein einfacher Sport. Sie muessen abschalten koennen waehrend des Spiels, die Geschaefte vergessen, einfach alles. Sie muessen sich voll und ganz auf das Spiel einstellen und konzentrieren, auf Ihren Schwung, Ihre Haltung etc. Ich bewundere einfach die mentale Kraft, die man beim Golfen entwickelt. RG: Wie Sie schon sagten, Konzentration und Zielorientierung spielen als mentale Aspekte eine grosse Rolle beim Golf. Hilft Ihnen dies bei Geschaeftsverhandlungen? GS: Zweifellos. Es bringt eine gewisse Aufgewecktheit und Aufgewecktheit Scharfsinnigkeit bei Verhandlungen Scharfsinnigkeit und Projekten. Ich bin auch Schuetze und das und Schiessen erfordert ebenso einen bestimmten Schiessen

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Verstand, Sie muessen Ruhe bewahren, gelassen bleiben. Golf ist aehnlich, die Gedanken und Konzentration zusammen mit dem koerperlichen Einsatz muessen auf das Ziel gerichtet sein. RG: Ich glaube, Sie reisen viel und weit und haben dadurch Gelegenheit, weltweit Golf zu spielen. Welche sind Ihre Lieblingsplaetze? GS: Ich spiele gerne Golf in Suedportugal. Das ist nicht weit von der Schweiz und das Wetter ist dort viel besser. Da meine Frau Portugiesin ist verbringen wir viel Zeit dort. Aber auch die Golfplaetze auf Mauritius gefallen mir sehr gut. RG: Sie nahmen teil am 2. Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. Wie waren Ihre Erfahrungen? GS: Sehr gut. Das war ein wunderbares, unvergessliches Erlebnis. Es war mein erster Besuch auf Mauritius. Die Menschen sind wunderbar, sehr angenehm und gastfreundlich. Die Golfplaetze sind ausgezeichnet, sehr abwechslungsreich, von hoher Qualitaet und der Service ist einwandfrei. Das Turnier war bestens organisiert und das Wetter war super. Es boten sich gute Moeglichkeiten, Kontakte zu knuepfen und interessante Leute zu treffen. RG: Tragen Ihrer Meinung nach Golfevents wie das 2. Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010 dazu bei, Geschaeftskontakte zu entwickeln? GS: Ja natuerlich. Veranstaltungen dieser Art sind Plattformen zum Kontakte knuepfen und um Leute kennenzulernen. Ich finde, das man gerade beim Golf langfristige Geschaeftsbeziehungen auf- und ausbauen kann. RG: Das 2. Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010 unterstuetzte und foerderte k ritative Organisationen, ka Organisa karitative naemlich T he Ruth Linder F The Foundation und das S OS Kinderdorf M SOS Mauritius. Glauben Sie, das diese A Art von Golfevents e ei ne wichtige Rolle bei der eine U nterstuetzun von NGOs und Unterstuetzung sozialen H Hilfsprojekten spielen? GS: Ja, d das glaube ich. Viele G Golfspieler sind in p pr ivilig priviligierten Stellungen und g ge rne bereit, grosszuegig gerne zu te teilen und zu helfen. D Di es Werte sind sehr Diese wi wichtig in der Golfwelt u un und kommen den w weniger priviligierten M Menschen weltweit zzugute. u Wohltaetigkeit u und Golf ergaenzen ssich i sehr gut und b a bauen Kontakte zzwischen wis Gesellschaften, E inzelne und den Einzelnen H Hi lfsbe Hilfsbeduerftigen auf.

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Pratap Dave Udhin: Transport Manager of Bonny Air Travel By Rob Greeff


olf has become a marketing phenomenon with 80 million amateur golfers worldwide. The engine that drives the avid pursuit of the game continues to generate revenue for companies associated with the sport, along with the exponential growth in the popularity of the sport. Bonny Air Travel in Mauritius has recognized this dynamic marketing opportunity. Swingtime spoke to Mr. Udhin, Transport Manager of Bonny Air Travel, in their new association with the sport of golf and Swingtime, The Business of Golf. RG: Mr. Udhin, what initiated Bonny Air Travel’s foray into the world of golf? P.D.U: Golf for Bonny Air is new. Given that in the last two years we sponsored events like the International Jockey Weekend, we saw the opportunity to get involved with the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010. Golf for us has become very important. We identify strongly with the passion and commitment the game extols. RG: This has been Bonny Air’s first participation in the Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge. What were your views on this event? P.D.U: Any event that is attractive and showcases Mauritius, Bonny Air seeks to encourage and support. With The Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge attracting many potential investors and bringing in international clients, this necessitated Bonny Air’s involvement. It has been a great success and we look forward to participating again next year. RG: With Mauritius positioning itself as a premier golfing destination, do you agree that this in turn creates an opportunity for Bonny Air in handling the logistics of bringing avid amateur golfers to the island? P.D.U: With Bonny Air Travel being an in and out bound operator, it is our prime directive and duty to encourage visitors to Mauritius. At our level, we hence provide the logistic support to golf tourists and holiday makers from the pick-up at the airport to hotel arrangements to transfers to golf courses. RG: Worldwide, sales in the booking of flights have plummeted due to the knock on effect of the global

economic crisis. What has been Bonny Air’s strategy in dealing with this situation? P.D.U: The global economic crisis was indeed severe affecting tour operators worldwide. Bonny Air has worked jointly with all the stake holders in the industry, one of which has been Air Mauritius. We participated in many road shows. I personally attended foreign meetings in South Africa, Reunion and the Seychelles. By working with air Mauritius we established very competitive prices that included the reduction in air fares, hotel rates and created attractive packages. Secondly, the Government of Mauritius waived visas for Schengen visa holders. RG: With this in mind, is it not then very important for Bonny Air to retain its regular client base and continue to deliver excellent service? P.D.U: Yes, definitely. We set about bench-marking our services. When clients are here they expect quality. Hence customer care is our main objective. RG: The brand awareness for companies associated with golf has certainly revolutionised marketing. Does this form part of Bonny Air’s branding strategy too? P.D.U: Bonny Air sponsors sporting events locally and internationally. We certainly see part of this as encouraging golf in Mauritius. Many of our clients include those from South Africa, India and Europe, with a large percentage of golfers. This has led us to include golf as optional packages and also become actively involved with golfing related events such as the Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge. As a tour operator this is an integral part of our branding together with that of Mauritius.

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Diamonds are forever!


damas Diamond cutters and Jewellery Retailers are the Indian Ocean region’s true purveyors of glittering treasures that will take your breath away, steal your heart and forever be cast in your mind. Since its inception, it has developed into one of the leading jewellery brands and serving as a major tourist draw card. Visitors to Mauritius leave with more than just lovely memories. Swingtime spoke to Adamas CEO Sebastian Denton, and also paid a visit to the store and diamond cutting museum in Floreal, at one of their special events showcasing jewellery. RG: Mr. Denton, please tell us how Adamas was established. SD: Adamas is the off shoot of the original family business of diamond cutting in the late 1800’s in Belgium. A retail space was required during the mid-1980’s in Mauritius to satisfy the need

for growing tourist numbers, who expressed an interest in buying diamonds on tours to our diamond cutting factory. Adamas is consequently the direct outcome of our original wholesale business. RG: What is the philosophy behind Adamas? SD: On the foundation of having the largest selection of merchandise, excellent quality at the best price serving a diverse clientele, we endeavour to ensure that whatever our customers purchase from us will last more than a lifetime. RG: What are the trends in Jewellery, now that Adamas is showcasing? SD: Currently, we feature a phenomenal display of silver and diamonds and semi-precious stones which are very indicative of the trends right now.

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Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London RG: How does Adamas cater for made-to-order jewellery? SD: As opposed to retail jewellery, we are a manufacturer, hence whatever the client wants we provide, custom-made, personalized. We have the largest stock of loose diamonds in the Indian Ocean at any time on our premises. In addition, any other stone, be it sapphire, ruby, tanzanite or pearl, may be sourced through our worldwide network of suppliers. RG: As the bespoke jewellery concept is seeing resurgence in popularity, will this remain a firm fixture in Adamas’ design and production plan? SD: Absolutely. It has been an intrinsic part since the very beginning in the late 80’s and continues to get bigger and bigger as the demand grows. We already have several projects online and we seek to raise awareness particularly within the local market to take advantage of all that is on offer. RG: How have the effects of the global economic crisis impacted Adamas? SD: The biggest impact for jewellery manufacturers worldwide has been the rising cost of raw materials. We have seen the price of gold double in the last four years, which means everyone’s initial investment, has to double. Alongside with the cost of stones and diamonds going up 20 to 30%, this all creates a more expensive product at the retail level. Additionally, recession in Europe and the States greatly affecting spending power has slowed the whole sector down. This has facilitated a resurgence in cheaper metals like silver. The whole industry has been moving towards more “classic” designs which have always been popular at Adamas. RG: The Adamas brand continues to develop a strong association with Swingtime, The Business of Golf. Why? SD: We feel very strongly about reaching different sectors, locally, region wise and internationally. It is our feeling that Swingtime is the best way to get involved in the golfing fraternity providing the most professional brand push. RG: Golf is synonymous with affluence and disposable income. Is this particular branding-niche Adamas will develop further? SD: Absolutely. Golf is obviously not a cheap sport. We feel that there are many products and services that Adamas can offer this sector and its lifestyle.

Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London RG: There is a considerable drive to position Mauritius beyond the tourist paradigm. Does this same focus apply to Adamas in positioning itself among the top jewellery brands internationally? SD: We certainly aim to be the best in whatever context we are evaluated in. At this stage, we want to be the best in Mauritius. As for the international level we are still a way off. It is very difficult to establish an international brand, but we are laying the foundation with recognition in the Indian Ocean region. RG: What are the future plans for Adamas? SD: We have done some projects with the Board of Investment and have been working closely with the Chinese Embassies as we have many customers from mainland China. This continues in maintaining our level of quality, service, increasing our product range with other luxury goods – we recently started representing Mont Blanc – and further develop our brand through our association with Swingtime.

Store manager at the Floreal Branch, Steeve Rayapoullé, who also manages the other branches of Adamas on the island, provided some more insight into buying the perfect diamond. He began as a diamond cutter for Adamas in 1993 and after 11 years moved into the store bringing a wealth of knowledge and specialised experience. Being aware of the four characteristics that determine the value of a diamond is essential in purchasing the perfect product for oneself, he advises. These four characteristics consist of the four C’s: Cut: with most diamonds cut with a full 58 facets and a good cut giving more sparkle and brilliance; Colour: the closer a diamond is to being absolutely colourless, the greater the value;

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Clarity: indicating the number of inclusions or imperfections found in the stone; and Carat: referring to the size of the diamond measured in carats – the unit is one-fifth of a gram. Mr. Rayapoullé mentioned that Adamas can prepare a ring in three days. Diamonds may be selected and set in one hour as well. This follows with accommodating client needs, from sourcing the right diamond, arranging private jewellery viewings for high end clientele, to meeting customers at their hotels with a range prepared to their tastes, as well as shipping jewellery around the world. Adamas also creates special events to display jewellery and diamonds, with a walk through the museum and the store. They also work very closely with tour operators like Solace International, catering exclusively to the Russian market. Clients and tourists are brought to the store by a taxi and given the entire diamond experience from the history to retail shopping. Echoing CEO Sebastian Denton, Mr. Rayapoullé proudly notes that Adamas sources the best quality diamonds at the best price.

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André Jaeger Master Chef and Amateur Golfer

“A work of Art between Emotion and Reason” Ein Kunstwerk zwischen Gefuehl und Vernunft By Rob Greeff

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hilst in Switzerland, Swingtime had the great privilege to speak to Mr André Jaeger, Master Chef and amateur golfer. Mr Jaeger enjoys an illustrious career which has spanned well over 30 years. His restaurant, “Die Fischerzunft”, in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, is celebrated for its visionary cuisine which not only transcends grand French cuisine and shatters the notions of westernised Chinese food, but lovingly crafts a unique blend of the highlights of ancient eastern and modern western cooking. The synthesis of two cultures sees the inspiration taken from Asian cuisine with regard to aesthetic, tastes and textures meeting the high standards set by nouvelle cuisine for the freshest products of the very best quality and lightness and transparency in cooking them. “Die Fischerzunft” takes its rightful place among the best restaurants in Switzerland. In accordance with the very influential gourmet food guide Gault Millau, where recognition is highly prized, it has been awarded 19 points out of 20 for ground breaking and outstanding cuisine. The maximum of 20 points has never been awarded. The restaurant is also recognized by Relais et Châteaux, with Mr Jaeger being one of their 160 Grands Chefs on five continents. The accolades flow with Les Grandes Tables du Monde - Traditions et Qualité (the Traditions & Qualité association was created in 1954 by a group of Parisian restaurateurs with the aim of promoting gastronomy and a specific art de vivre). It is composed of 144 restaurants in 23 countries and three continents. André Jaeger the man is thoughtful and articulate and remains humble in spite of his many accomplishments. RG: Mr Jaeger, you have become a fixture in the highest echelons of the culinary industry in Switzerland with over 30 years of dedication and experience. What were your early days like? AJ: Everybody thinks that I have been cooking all my life, which is not the case. I come from very humble beginnings, growing up on a farm. My early years consequently is informed from knowing excellent fresh produce and subsequently my formative years were about learning what really good food was about. At the time that I left Switzerland there was no world of nouvelle cuisine, so to speak. From the period of 1970 to 1975, Switzerland was really in the darkest of gastronomic scenes, where cuisine, mostly French, happened in big hotels and not in restaurants. Basically, restaurants catered to Swiss palettes with a few Italian ones here and there and no Asian, Oriental, Mexican or Turkish eating places at all. Switzerland was sort of structured into regions with cuisine applicable to the French, Italian and German speaking areas. In those days gastronomy was still

quite simple, but with very good produce and quality. Switzerland being a simple country, when it came to food needed the nouvelle cuisine push to create a revolution in the understanding of food. RG: Prior to that, was it very conservative and traditional? AJ: Yes, rather. As I mentioned, what happened was that international cuisine occurred in the big hotels. That was where the established and renowned chefs were. These places served as launching platforms for Swiss chefs internationally and generated fame for Switzerland as a culinary country. RG: Please describe the process of discovering the “East” with your arrival in China. AJ: I had much to discover. I was 23 years old and the world began to open up to me. To discover Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong was indeed something special. It was a fundamental paradigm shift for a farm boy like me, and an extraordinary experience. My wife then and my mother-in-law were instrumental in showing me many things when it came to food, and my interest built with all the things that came along with it and this furthered into Japanese food. My first Japanese meal was an experience that I will never forget. It carved my senses of presenting food in a very simple and clear but very distinct way. This was a very visceral moment that was truly fantastic and influenced me very deeply to this day. The entirety of this process may be seen as a tripod. There are the basics of the very best in fresh produce from Switzerland, the tastes and textures from Chinese food and my fascination with the aesthetics and presentation of Japanese food. With these three elements you have the explanation of what my way of thinking, my liking and my motivation towards food are all about, and this continues to today. RG: Does a particular set of values define who a chef becomes and the cuisine they represent? AJ: Absolutely. You see a particular approach to food is built on the foundation of their values which has become even more important with the evolution of cuisine. Many great chefs have trained so many young people and those young chefs hop from place to place soaking up as many impressions as possible, but only a few have a clear concept of what really good food is. They endeavour to impress their colleagues and their chefs and you may end up with food that looks astonishing, but does not taste very good. This is something which reassures me. That if you know what is really good and you have the courage to stick to it and do it in the very best way you can never fail.

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RG: Would you say that as a chef you have to have conviction about what you are doing, from the products you source, to the way you cook and present your dishes? AJ: Absolutely. That is a very perceptive question. The most vital part of cuisine is the sourcing of products followed by what you do with them. It has become increasingly important today with pollution, the state of the oceans and the effects of climate change. My daily worries include where I find what I need. RG: Does the contemporary focus of health and wellbeing come into play with your cuisine? AJ: Indeed it does, particularly with the influence from Asia. There food is not just for pleasure or sustaining existence, you also eat to enhance your health. And this was something which very much impressed me. It was interesting to observe how the Chinese use and eat their produce when the weather is hot or cold, what they consume to cleanse their systems, for example, drinking ginger tea with rock sugar after eating crab rolls which is high in cholesterol. These things got completely lost or missed in Europe. In Asia it is absolutely present. This notion has helped me to construct a cuisine which is really light, enhancing and over all contributes to well being. When you eat at certain places, after 2 or 3 courses you are completely full and exhausted. It may very well taste fantastic, but if it tires your digestive system and makes you lethargic, to me this no longer constitutes pleasure. I personally like to nibble on a lot of things and also feel good and enhanced after. This is one part of my philosophy of what good cuisine should be. RG: What are your thoughts on trendy gastronomy shows and the idea of crunching down of cuisine into 10 or 15 min cooking time? AJ: There are 2 ways of looking at it, firstly, its complete nonsense and secondly they are great entertainment. I am all for modern, fun, cooking shows that get people interested in cuisine and show what can be done with some chicken and fresh herbs and vegetables, than simply popping a pre-cooked meal into the microwave oven. Shows that give people ideas and encourage them to open a cupboard and cook something themselves to me are a great success. Motivating the younger

generation to go to the supermarket to buy fresh food and prepare it instead of pre-cooked packaged food is fantastic. You can say what you want about Jaime Oliver, but he was the one that enlightened the youth and brought them back into the kitchen in his funny and easy way, unlike the big chefs who take themselves too seriously. RG: The younger generation for quite some time has been disconnected from the pleasure of fine dining and gourmet food, with gastronomy often associated with snobbery. AJ: That is indeed correct. If we look at the young people in Switzerland, many of them live with their parents and have a disposable income. The thing is do they want to spend it on an I-Phone or clothes, or is it worth to them to spend a nice evening in a restaurant having good food with their friends or partners? This is where we, especially in our country have failed. We have not made it “sexy” and “cool” enough. This is also in keeping with changing our thinking of how long a meal should take. A perfect meal of 3 courses can easily be taken in 2 hours and the cost can still remain within the limits of allowing the ending of an evening with a drink in a bar or club. RG: That is a very youth orientated way of thinking and very indicative of contemporary lifestyles. AJ: Absolutely. To me it is very important. We have to cater for the future. In our country we have a lot of wealthy elderly people who love to go out to restaurants. We have a very loyal clientele of people aged 50 and over, but the day will come when they begin to fade out due to health etc and consequently we have to ensure that the next generation cultivates a love of good food. Looking to educate the youth in cuisine is both legitimate and necessary, especially now with the globalization of everything. People think that everything goes together and everything is permitted and this is something that I am quite sad about. It makes the “true” values fade. Every nation, country and culture has its extraordinary outstanding dishes and I believe in defending the basics and the values those dishes extol. And so again we come back to what essentially is good in food and learning first the real values before exploring and experimenting. The extent to which everything leads to sweet and

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sour or barbeque does nothing but create a new blandness. In this country many have taken to the American Oklahoma Barrel. They cook everything in it from meat to fish and everything ends up tasting the same and of smoke. I don’t understand why people rave about it. It spoils the taste of everything. I think they should be done away with. RG: What are your views on trends in cuisine like “molecular gastronomy”? AJ: Again, there 2 ways of looking at it. It brought about a lot of aesthetic things, modern touches to cuisine in enlightening ways of preparing food and the of course it’s ridiculous when it is badly copied. You get the most ridiculous dishes under the moniker of molecular gastronomy composed of chemicals that put on a show. RG: Ending up with a puddle of foam on your plate? AJ: (laughs) Yes. I do have the greatest respect for molecular gastronomy chefs of the likes of Hestor Blumenthal, and I know many of them very well and have dined in their restaurants. What these chefs do is absolutely outstanding, what is to be understood is that they have spent years of doing research and have written many books. Many people have copied them and of course a copy is always second best. You lose the ‘soul’ in the food. This does nothing but harm a wonderful, inventive way of preparing food and diminishes the importance of culinary understanding.

RG: What was the initial reaction to you bringing an Eastern taste and aesthetic to a country like Switzerland? AJ: When I returned to Switzerland in 1975, the first Asian influence was only really seen in 1978. Those days were filled with talk of nouvelle cuisine. Essentially you had some unknown come and “spit in their soup”. Everyone said I was crazy and there was no future in what I was doing. I always believed there was something more to it and that it was not just a trend. The idea was born out of my memories and nostalgia of my time in Hong Kong. I missed the tastes so much. I will never forget the first time I made fried rice in the kitchen in Schaffhausen. It was the best fried rice I had in my life. Also as I mentioned earlier, the aspect of health and well being was important to me. I could not achieve this with the conventional ways of using cream and butter which makes cuisine taste good. With the Asian influence I had all the flavours and lightness. In the beginning we had a traditional menu and then we had this experimental menu. It took about 2 years of “suffering” until we got discovered by the press, and all of a sudden things started to snowball in an incredible way. One thing happened after the other and we could hardly keep up. RG: What was the process like in developing the concept of the restaurant?

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AJ: In the beginning I had many illusions. I believed that opening a small restaurant in Switzerland would be easy. I was very much mistaken. The process itself was very natural and organic. My former wife and I were a great team and we both pushed ourselves to the limit to achieve what we set out for. As it grew we became more ambitious. Our main goal was to be associated with “Relais and Châteaux”. When that happened in 1982, it was a major breakthrough. This furthered more awards and accolades. The recognition itself is purely the result of focusing on our guests and their happiness and satisfaction. I believe that this is something extremely important and an integral part of advice which I give to the young people in my restaurant. Quality and respect in what you do is much more important than a big show and a lot of money. Your passion and commitment is always rewarded. RG: How did you come to the sport of golf? AJ: I had a great love of horse riding and had my own horse in China and also when I returned to Switzerland. Of course a horse requires a lot of attention and time. As the restaurant became busier and gained more acknowledgement, the 2 or 3 times a week that I would go riding diminished considerably. Eventually after not seeing my horse for 6 months I decided that I would have to do something else. At that same time a friend suggested I play golf. Needless to say I was not interested in golf at all. My friend gave me a putter and 3 balls to which I said what I should do with them, and that he should take them back. But he was very smart and started showing me how to putt. My first shot was dead on and he immediately said that I had talent. I began to take lessons and swiftly grew to love golf. This was all 12 years ago. RG: Does golf suit your lifestyle? AJ: Yes, very much so. I am an early riser and go to a nearby golf course at 6 am and can play a 9-hole and be back in the restaurant at 10 am. Also the restaurant business keeps one mostly indoors. Consequently, I enjoy being out in the sun and the ensuing exercise. This has been the best thing for me. Furthermore, golf is also very social. It is fabulous in the way that through golf you get to meet so many interesting people. We all have to face the same battle on the greens and I enjoy seeing the humbleness it inculcates. I have to say too that if you want to do business with someone, you should play a round of golf with them. It gives you the best insight into their character. How they handle themselves and the challenges the game of golf presents is so indicative

of how the conduct themselves in their everyday life. To me this is something extraordinary. RG: Have you seen the value of this in your own business dealings? AJ: Oh yes, every time. RG: Is there a link between what you do in your professional capacity and golf? AJ: Indeed there is. In my business you have to be humble and determined and above all patient, if you want to succeed. This is exactly the same in golf. With my restaurant having 19 points, means that I have to be very disciplined when it comes to treating my staff, sourcing produce and preparing for lunch or dinner service. I see the result of a successful round of golf employ the same sense of discipline. To play the first 9 holes is easy, the next 9 holes is often more challenging, when you become tired and your concentration starts to wane. In presenting a series of courses in a meal to a full restaurant is much the same. How you finish and the high standards throughout, together with commitment and passion is the overriding linking factor. RG: Over the course of your gastronomic career and your experience playing golf, would you sum up your journey so far? AJ: I would say that being passionate, humble and showing gratitude are keys to the success of all pursuits. Waehrend des Aufenthaltes in der Schweiz hatte Swingtime die Gelegenheit mit Meiser Chef und Amateur Golfer Andre Jaeger zu reden. Die glanzvolle Karriere des Andre Jaeger begann vor ueber 30 Jahren. Sein Restaurant “Die Fischerzunft” in Schaffhausen ist bekannt fuer seine visionaere Kueche, die weit ueber die klassische franzoesische und chinesche Kueche hinausgeht und die Hoehepunkte der fernoestlichen mit der modernen westlichen Kueche auf einzigartige Weise vereint. Waehrend die asiatische Kueche durch ihre Aesthetik, dem Geschmack und den Texturen besticht, garantiert die Nouvelle Cuisine frischeste, hochwertige Produkte und wird auf leichte, transparente Weise zubereitet. “Die Fischerzunft” ist zu Recht eines der TopRestaurants der Schweiz. Fuer die bahnbrechende und hervorragende Kueche wurde es von GourmetFuehrer “Gault Millau” dementsprechend auch mit 19 von 20 Punkten ausgezeichnet. Ebenso anerkannt von “Relais & Chateau”, zu deren 160 Koechen von 5 verschiedenen Kontinenten auch Andre Jaeger zaehlt. Eine weitere Auszeichnung gibt es von “Les Grandes Tables Du Monde – Traditions et

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Qualite (Diese Organisation wurde 1954 von Pariser Gastronomen gegruendet um die Gastranomie und eine besondere Art de Vivre – Lebensart zu foerdern). Angeschlossen sind 144 Restaurants aus 23 Laendern und 3 Kontinenten. Andre Jaeger ist nachdenklicher und bestimmter Mann und trotz der vielen Auszeichnungen bescheiden geblieben.

dementsprechend angepasst an die franzoesischen, italienischen und deutschen Gaumen. Die Kueche war einfach aber mit sehr guten Produkten zubereitet und von wirklich hoher Qualitaet. Die Schweiz brauchte dringend die Impulse der “Nouvell Cuisine” um das Verstaendnis fuer gutes Essen zu revolutionieren.

RG: Ueber 30 Jahre Erfahrung und Hingabe machten Sie zu einer Groesse der schweizer Gastronomie. Wie haben Sie begonnen? AJ: Viele glauben, ich haette mein Leben lang nur gekocht, dies ist aber nicht der Fall. Ich bin auf dem Bauerhof meiner Eltern aufgewachsen, stamme aus einfachen Verhaeltnissen. Dadurch kannte ich natuerlich den Wert einwandfreier, frischer Produkte und im Laufe der Jahre lernte ich dann, was wirklich gutes Essen bedeutet. Als ich die Schweiz verliess, wusste man dort noch nichts ueber die “Nouvelle Cuisine”. 1970 bis 1975 gab es fast keine nennenswerten gastronomischen Einrichtungen und die “feine Kueche”, in erster Linie franzoesich, existierte nur in den grossen, internationalen Hotels. Die damaligen schweizer Gaststaetten waren auf den schweizer Geschmack ausgerichtet, es gab ein paar italienische Restaurants hier und da aber nicht ein einziges asiatisches, mexikanisches oder tuerkisches Restaurant. Die Schweiz war aufgeteilt in einzelne Regionen und die Kuechen

RG: Damals war es also sehr konservativ und tranditionell? AJ: Ja, ziemlich. Wie ich schon sagte, internationale Kueche gab es nur in den grossen Hotels. Dort waren etablierte und renommierte Koeche zugange. Das waren Sprungbretter fuer die schweizer Chefs um auf internationaler Ebene taetig zu werden und von dort kam dann auch der Ruhm fuer die Schweiz als kulinarisch reiches Land. RG: Erzaehlen Sie bitte, wie Sie mit Ihrer Ankunft in China den “Fernen Osten” entdeckten. AJ: Da gab es viel zu entdecken. Ich war 23 Jahre alt und die ganze Welt stand mir offen. Die chinesische Kueche in Hong Kong kennenzulernen war wirklich etwas ganz Besonderes, speziell fuer einen Bauernjungen wie mich. Meine damalige Ehefrau und meine Schwiegermutter fuehrten mich in die dortige Kueche ein und mein Interesse wuchs mit jedem neuen Detail. Das fuehrte mich schliesslich hin zur japanischen Kueche. Ich werde mein erstes

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japanisches Gericht nie vergessen. Ich verstand, das Essen auf einfache, klare aber doch deutliche Weise praesentiert warden soll. Dies war ein wirklich einschneidendes Erlebnis und beeinflusst mich noch bis heute. Sie muessen sich das als Prozess in drei Teilen vorstellen. Da ist die Basis mit besten und frischesten Produkten aus der Schweiz, der Geschmack und die Textur der chinesischen Kueche und die Aesthetik und Praesentation der japanischen, die ich einfach faszinierend finde. Jetzt verstehen Sie eventuell meine Gedanken, Vorliebe und Motivation in Sachen Kueche und das ist bis heute so geblieben. RG: Gibt es definierte Werte darueber, wer ein guter Chef wird auch im Hinblick auf Repraesentation ihrer Kuechen? AJ: Selbstverstaendlich. Grundvoraussetzung ist eine besondere Hingabe und Liebe zu Nahrungsmitteln, was im Laufe der Entwicklung ihrer Kuechen sogar noch an Bedeutung zunimmt. Viele grosse Chefs haben junge Leute ausgebildet, die dann durch die Welt ziehen und moeglichst viele Eindruecke sammeln aber nur wenige haben letztendlich eine klare Vorstellung davon, was wirklich gutes Essen bedeutet. Sie bemuehen sich, Kollegen und Vorgesetzte zu beeindrucken und praesentieren optisch erstaunliche Kreationen aber ohne besonderen Geschmack. Ich kann Ihnen versichern, dass, wenn Sie wissen was gut ist und Sie dazu stehen, Ihnen alles gelingen wird. RG: Man muss als Chef von seiner Arbeit, den Produkten, der Zubereitung bis zur Praesentation ueberzeugt sein? AJ: Absolut. Das ist wichtig. Entscheidend fuer gute Kueche ist die Quelle und anschliessende Verarbeitung guter Zutaten. Im Hinblick auf Umweltverschmutzung, des Zustandes der Ozeane und den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels wird dies zunehmend wichtiger. Meine groesste Sorge ist inzwischen, wo ich das was ich brauche, finden kann. RG: Momentan spricht jeder ueber Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden. Welche Rolle spielt das in Ihrer Kueche? AJ: Bei mir spielt das eine grosse Rolle. Schauen Sie Richtung Asien, dort isst man nicht nur zum Vergnuegen und weil es sein muss, sondern auch um die Gesundheit zu unterstuetzen und zu verbessern. Das hat mich schon immer beeindruckt. Interessant zu beobachten war, das die Chinesen zum Beispiel ihre Nahrung auf warmes oder kaltes Wetter einstellen und was sie tun um ihren Koerper zu entgiften, bespielsweise nach einem cholesterinreichen Essen wie Fruehlingsrollen mit

Krabbenfleisch trinkt man eine Tasse Ingwertee. Leider ist diese Art zu leben in Europa verloren gegangen waehrend in asiatischen Laendern noch immer so gegessen wird. Dieses Wissen half mir, meine Kueche entsprechend zu kreeiren, naemlich leicht, bekoemmlich und als Beitrag zum koeperlichen Wohlbefinden. In so manchem Restaurant fuehlt man sich nach einem 2 – 3 Gaenge Menue richtig voll und aufgeblaeht obwohl es hervorragend schmeckte – das Verdauungssystem ist total ueberlastet, man ist erschoepft und traege. Fuer mich hat das nichts mehr mit Vergnuegen zu tun. Ich persoenlich liebe es, viele verschiedene Gerichte zu probieren und mich anschliessend trotzdem noch gut und fit zu fuehlen. Das ist Teil meiner Vorstellung von guter Kueche. RG: Wie denken Sie ueber die moderne Kueche und die damit verbundene Idee, die Kochzeiten auf 10 bis 15 Minuten zu verkuerzen? AJ: Zum einen halte ich das fuer Unsinn zum anderen ist es natuerlich sehr unterhaltsam. Ich bin fuer modernes Kochen, das Spass macht und die Menschen wieder dazu bringt, sich selbst an den Herd zu stellen. Zu zeigen, was man aus etwas Huehnchenfleisch, ein paar frischen Kraeutern und ein bisschen Gemuese zaubern kann, anstatt ein Fertiggericht in die Mikrowelle zu schieben. Fernsehshows dieser Art finde ich gut und richtig, da sie auch die juengere Generation wieder motivieren, frische Zutaten einzukaufen und nicht nach irgendwelchen abgepackten Fertigprodukten zu greifen. Man kann ueber Jaime Oliver denken wie man will aber er hat mit seiner lustigen und unterhaltsamen Art die Jugend wieder zum Kochen gebracht – im Gegensatz zu den grossen Chefs, die sich oft zu ernst und wichtig nehmen. RG: Fuer geraume Zeit war gerade die juengere Generation mehr an Fastfood als an feiner GourmetKueche interessiert. AJ: Das ist wahr. Schauen Sie sich die jungen Schweizer an, viele wohnen zuhause bei den Eltern und haben recht gute Einkommen. Gibt man nun sein Geld lieber fuer ein I-Phone oder Klamotten aus oder fuer ein tolles Essen mit Freunden oder dem Partner? Da haben wir in der Schweiz leider versagt, wir haben das nicht als interessant, sexy und cool genug angepriesen. Wir muessen auch unsere Einstellung zur Dauer eines guten Essens neu ueberdenken. Eine 3-Gaenge-Mahlzeit muss nicht laenger als 2 Stunden dauern und ist auch preislich durchaus in einem Rahmen, dass am Ende des Abends noch ein Drink in einer Bar oder einem Club bezahlt warden kann. RG: Ihre Denkweise ist jugend-orientiert und bezeichnend fuer moderne Lifestyles?

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AJ: Klar. Das ist mir sehr wichtig. Wir muessen an die Zukunft denken. In der Schweiz leben viele aeltere Mitbuerger, die gerne Essen gehen. Unsere loyalsten Gaeste sind ca 50 Jahre und aelter. Natuerlich wird diese Kundschaft mit der Zeit, sei es aus Alters- oder Gesundheitsgruenden, ausbleiben. Deshalb muessen wir schon heute dafuer sorgen, das die naechste Generation Freude und Vergnuegen an gutem Essen findet. Die Jugend wieder fuer die Kueche zu interessieren und auszubilden ist voellig legitim und notwendig, besonders im Hinblick auf die Globalisierung. Alles waechst zusammen und viele glauben, alles sei erlaubt, darueber bin ich richtig bestuerzt. Identische Werte verblassen. Jede Nation, jede Kultur hat ihre eigenen wunderbaren und hervorragenden Spezialitaeten und es lohnt wirklich, diese zu verteidigen um den Ruhm der diversen Kuechen zu erhalten. Das fuehrt uns wieder darauf zurueck, was das eigentlich Wesentliche an gutem Essen ist und die Wichtigkeit, dieses zu erkennen bevor man beginnt zu entdecken und zu experimentieren. Mit suess-sauer und Barbeque kreeiert man nichts anderes als eine neue Mischung. Viele verwenden hier das amerikanische “Oklahoma Barrel”. Von Fisch ueber Fleisch, alles wird darin zubereitet und letztlich schmeckt alles gleich und nach Rauch. Ich verstehe nicht, warum jeder so davon schwaermt. Es ruiniert nur den Geschmack, man sollte es abschaffen. RG: Wie denken Sie ueber Kuechentrends wie “Molekular-Gastronomie”? AJ: Da gibt es auch wieder 2 Anschauungsweisen. Es brachte viel Aesthetik und frischen Wind in die Kuechen, auch im Hinblick auf neue aufschlussreiche Zubereitungsmoeglichkeiten. Auf der anderen Seite ist es aber voellig laecherlich, wenn es schlecht zubereitet wird. Sie erhalten dann verrueckte, aus Chemikalien komponierte Gerichte. RG: Wie z.B. eine Schaumpfuetze auf dem Teller? AJ: (lacht). Ja, genau. Ich respektiere wirklich Molekular-Gastronomie Chefs wie Hesto Blumenthal. Ich kenne viele von ihnen sehr gut und habe bei ihnen gegessen. Was diese Chefs zubereiten ist absolut genial. Man muss wissen, das sie zum Teil

Jahre mit dem Experimentieren verbracht haben und viele Buecher dazu verfassten. Sie wurden oft kopiert aber nie erreicht, Kopien sind eben nicht das Original und die “Seele” im Essen geht so verloren. Es verunglimpft wunderbare, innovative Wege der Nahrungsbereitung und setzt die Bedeutung des kulinarischen Verstaendnisses herab. RG: Wie waren die anfaenglichen Reaktionen auf Ihre Einfuehrung fernoestlicher Kueche und – Aesthetik in der Schweiz? AJ: 1975 kam ich zurueck in die Schweiz und es dauerte noch bis 1978 bevor die ersten asiatischen Einfluesse erkennbar wurden. In dieser Zeit sprach man viel ueber die Neue Kueche. Natuerlich gab es Solche, die mir die Suppe versalzen wollten. Man hielt mich fuer verrueckt und prophezeite mir, das mein Tun keine Zukunft haette. Ich dagegen glaubte fest daran, das dies viel mehr als ein Trend war. Die Idee entstand aufgrund meiner Erinnerungen an die Zeit in Hong Kong. Ich vermisste die dortige Kueche so sehr. Ich werde nie vergessen, wie ich das erste Mal gebratenen Reis in meiner Kueche in Schaffhausen zubereitete. Das war der leckerste Reis meines Lebens. Und, wie ich schon vorher erwaehnte, Aspekte wie Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden waren mir wichtig. Da passte es natuerlich nicht mehr ins Konzept, den Geschmack der Speisen herkoemmlich mit Sahne und Butter zu verfeinern. Die asiatische Kueche bot mir so viele Aromen und dabei die Leichtheit, die ich mir wuenschte. Wir fingen mit einer traditionellen Karte an und entwickelten spaeter eine mehr experimentelle. Es dauerte 2 lange Jahre bevor die Presse auf uns aufmerksam wurde, dann aber ging es Schlag auf Schlag. Es war unglaublich, viele Dinge passierten gleichzeitig und wir hatten Muehe, Schritt halten zu koennen. RG: Wie entwickelte sich das Konzept fuer das Restaurant? AJ: Zuerst hatte ich viele Traeume. Ich dachte, ein kleines Restaurant in der Schweiz zu eroeffnen waere einfach. Ich taeuschte mich sehr. Der eigentliche Prozess war recht dynamisch. Meine Exfrau und ich waren ein tolles Team und wir beide gaben alles um

Swingtime issue 11 André Jaeger Master Chef and Amateur Golfer 57 in association with TIMESONLINE of London unser Ziel zu erreichen.. Mit zunehmenden Erfolg stieg unser Ehrgeiz. Hauptziel war die Aufnahme bei “Relais et Chateaux”. Dies geschah dann 1982 und war unser Durchbruch. Daraufhin folgten viele Auszeichnungen. Die Anerkennung als solche ist rein darauf zurueckzufuehren, das wir stets um unsere Gaeste, ihr Wohlbefinden und ihre Zufriedenheit bemueht waren. Fuer mich persoenlich ist dies extrem wichtig und ein Rat an die jungen Mitarbeiter in meinem Restaurant. Respekt und Qualitaet bei allem, was man tut, ist viel wichtiger als ein grosser Auftritt und Geld. Leidenschaft und Engagement werden immer belohnt. RG: Wie haben Sie den Golfsport fuer sich entdeckt? AJ: Ich war leidenschaflicher Reiter und hatte mein eigenes Pferd in China und spaeter auch in der Schweiz. Fuer ein Pferd braucht man viel Zeit und Aufmerksamkeit. Als das Restaurant immer besser lief und wir dadurch zeitmaessig sehr eingespannt

waren, konnte ich nicht mehr 2 bis 3 Mal pro Woche reiten gehen. Nachdem in mein Pferd ueber 6 Monate nicht geritten hatte, beschloss ich etwas anderes zu tun. Ein Freund schlug mir vor, Golf zu spielen. Damal interessierte mich Golf ueberhaupt nicht. Mein Freund drueckte mir eines Tages einen Schlaeger und drei Baelle in die Hand. Ich weigerte mich, wollte ihm alles wieder zurueckgeben, aber er war sehr gewitzt, zeigte mir wie man puttet. Nach meinem ersten Schlag sagte er sofort, ich haette Talent. So nahm ich Golfunterricht und entdeckte sehr schnell meine Leidenschaft fuer diesen Sport. Das alles ist jetzt 12 Jahre her. RG: Entspricht Golf Ihrer Lebensart? AJ: Ja, sogar sehr. Ich bin Fruehaufsteher und gehe oft schon um 6 Uhr morgens zu einem nahe gelegenen Golfplatz, spiele 9 Loecher und bin gegen 10 Uhr im Restaurant. Mein Beruf haelt mich natuerlich die meiste Zeit im Haus und deshalb geniesse ich diese Stunden draussen in der Sonne und den Sport, der mich fit haelt. Golf ist ausserdem

ein sehr sozialer Sport. Es ist faszinierend wie viele interessante Menschen man auf dem Golfplatz trifft. Wir stellen uns alle dem selben Kampf auf dem Green und ich geniesse diese Einfachkeit. Ich muss sagen das, wenn Sie mit jemandem Geschaefte machen moechten, Sie eine Runde Golf mit dieser Person spielen sollten. Dabei lernt man den Charakter kennen, die Verhaltensweise und den Umgang mit den Herausforderungen beim Golfen koennen umgesetzt werden auf das Verhalten im Alltag. Ich finde das bemerkenswert. RG: Haben Ihnen diese Beobachtungen bei eigenen Geschaeftsabschluessen geholfen? AJ: Oh ja, immer. RG: Gibt es eine Verbindung zwischen Ihrer eigenen beruflichen Funktion und dem Golf? AJ: Die gibt es tatsaechlich. Um in meinem Beruf Erfolg zu haben, muss man bescheiden,

entschlossen und vor allen Dingen geduldig sein. Genauso verhaelt es sich beim Golf. Ein Restaurant mit 19 Punkten zu leiten bedeutet, das ich diszipliniert handeln muss, beim Umgang mit dem Personal, beim Einkauf meiner Produkte und der Vorbereitung des Mittags- und Abendessens. Eine erfolgreiche Golfrunde erfordert das gleiche Mass an Disziplin. Die ersten 9 Loecher sind verhaeltnismaessig leicht zu spielen, die naechsten 9 Loecher meist viel schwieriger, man wird muede, die Konzentration laesst nach. Eine Menuefolge in einem vollen Restaurant zu servieren ist aehnlich. Die Gemeinsamkeiten sind, ueber die gesamte Dauer einen gleichmaessig hohen Standard zu halten, engagiert und leidenschaftlich zu bleiben. RG: Koennen Sie zusammenfassend eine Erklaerung abgeben ueber den Verlauf Ihrer gastronomischen Karriere und Ihrer Erfahrung beim Golf? AJ: Meiner Meinung nach sind Leidenschaft, Demut und Dankbarkeit die Schluessel zum Erfolg in allen Bereichen.

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Christoph Piem, Marion Moser-Heuer & Luc Bax de Keating (Swingtime)

Maria Komorowski, Billy Narraina & Helga Diem

Mourad Bundhoo (Swingtime), Andreas Spieckerhoff & Gilbert Schoni

Jayesh Choony (Swingtime), Helena Schoni & Stephan Keller

Franco Cavegn, Ruth Linder & Alan Duval (Swingtime)

Josef Nemeth, Lea Sauer & Kurt Schori (CEO Swiss Invest group)

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Swingtime, the Business of Golf travelled to Switzerland to attend the 1st Bern Golf Trophy held by the Swiss Invest Group. The tournament was staged at the Moosee Golf Park in Bern and was a phenomenal success. Golf and business go seamlessly as one and this particular corporate event brought together a diverse group of business people and golfers from all around the world, including a contingent from Swingtime, featuring the winners of the 2nd Swingtime Corporate Golf Challenge 2010, Luc Bax de Keating and Jeremy Mamet. Team Swingtime also included CEO Alan Duval, Swingtime Director of golf Billy Narraina and Swingtime Adopted-Golfers Mourad Bundhoo and Jayesh Choony. A practice day saw all the golfers familiarising themselves on the 18-hole golf course at Moosee Golf Park in superb weather. The day of the tournament, capitalising on the first foray into the Swiss Summer promised excellent conditions for golf. Participants teed off at 10 a.m. sharp and enthusiastically took to the greens. The course set in the country side and on farming area provided some challenging action with bunkers lurking behind bushes, long fairways, a snappy pace on the greens and a tricky breeze on the higher areas. Driving competitors on was a BMW prize for a hole-in-one on view, where golfers stopped for a brief break. Entertainment in the form of a wine and cigar tasting at the 12th hole was a popular surprise with the participants. After a very exciting day, golfers in good cheer made their way to the 18th hole completing their rounds in what can only be described as the true spirit of camaraderie, as only seen in the golf fraternity.

The prize-giving held later that evening at the historical restaurant Lurenzini showcased the 1st Bern trophy as tour de force for Swingtime with Swingtime Adopted-Golfer Mourad Bundhoo declared as the winner. This followed with Team Swingtime scooping the rest of the top prizes finishing high in the various categories. Golf-pro and trainer of the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program said that he was delighted with both the young men and their performance. They certainly put in the work and trained very hard in the weeks leading up to this trip. ‘I’m very happy that the Swingtime Adopt-a-Golfer Program is yielding results. We are very grateful and thankful to Mr. Duval for creating these opportunities for the young golfers to compete internationally and further their development.” Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Mourad Bundhoo was ecstatic with his win. “I can only but thank Swingtime and Mr. Duval for this opportunity. Without the support of Swingtime I would never have had the chance to develop as a golfer let alone travel to Switzerland to participate in this event. We trained very hard for this competition and I am very happy with my performance and the fact that we could showcase the golf talent of Mauritius here”. Jayesh Choony, who recently joined the Swingtime Adopt-A-Golfer Program, echoed his team-mate’s thoughts. “Thanks to Swingtime and Mr. Duval, I am receiving the best training to develop as a golfer. My golf has improved dramatically and I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity to represent Swingtime in this tournament.”

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Pro. Andreas Spiekerhoff Pro. Billy Narraina (Swingtime) 1st. Mourad Bundhoo (Swingtime) 2nd. Jeremy Mamet (Swingtime) 3rd. Rudolf Baur


1st. Luc Bax de Keating (Swingtime) 2nd. Jayesh Choony (Swingtime) O.C.B 3rd. Daniel Rutsch


1st. Veronica Blaser 2nd. Maria Komorowski 3rd. Jelena Roth


1st. Maria Komorowski 2nd. Marion Moser-Heuer 3rd. Ruth Linder

Longest Drive Men

Rudolph Baur

Longest Drive Ladies

Lea Sauer

Nearest to the Pin Mixed

Roland Frey

Nearest to the Line Mixed

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ocated in the picturesque wine country town village is the Schloss Goldenberg Golf Club. It is one of but few 18-hole private golf clubs in the canton of Zurich and one of the most renowned in the whole of Switzerland. Half an hour from Winterthur and Schaffhausen, it is easily accessible. High on the Gold Mountain is a part of the former palace, now incorporated as the clubhouse of Schloss Goldenberg Golf Club. The castle extends far beyond the hill and is surrounded by vineyards and pasture. Former orangery of Oekonomiegeäudes Castle, the clubhouse is enjoyed by golfers. As a historical site it provides a very unique golfing experience. The golf course was designed by Kurt Ross and was opened in 1997. The 18-hole course is built around the mountain, integrating the natural topography and creating a very distinctive playing location that blends the arresting environment in a seamless fashion. Your round of golf is punctuated by dramatic lookout points, where views of birds of prey in flight immerse the golfer in nature.

Architecturally, Kurt Ross has certainly challenged golfers by the construction of the course on hilly terrain. Course management is non-negotiable, with play demanding the very best of technique taking in the varied course. You will be playing up and down hills, avoiding bunkers next to landing zones with runaway slopes that are beguiling. Water hazards, in the form of ponds, add a magic to the environment but can be lethal. Fairways are long and narrow with trees always lurking nearby. Good shots are rewarded and bad shots punished, necessitating a sound strategy and a cool and calm approach. You will want to balance a defensive-aggressive play as your main tactic, working towards those birdies which are well worth the satisfaction of play on this course.

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Facilities of a driving range, putting green, pitching green, indoor range and pro shop are all available to enhance your golf experience. In addition, golf pro Paul Dougan’s Golf Academy provides a wide range of courses from beginners to advanced, with analysis on the entire game, exact exercises are provided to improve your golf. Training, in the form of private lessons as well as group lessons up to four persons, is accommodated. After your game, relax and enjoy the restaurant, bar and terrace where a very diverse gastronomy menu features seasonal trends and the traditional Wiener schnitzel along with the Flaach asparagus in May and the delicate roe deer in autumn can be savoured. The bar and restaurant also proudly feature the Gold Berger wine of the castle as well as many international wines of note. The golf club has an exciting calendar which not only presents excellent tournaments but also fashion shows, charity events and Dixie breakfasts. As one of the private golf clubs in Switzerland within a slightly isolated location away from the hustle and bustle, defining rest and relaxation, and excellent golf with good accessibility incorporating 1st class infrastructure, Schloss Goldenberg Golf Club is unique in the canton of Zurich. Consequently, it swiftly exhausted its quota and membership applications are currently on a waiting list, but guests of members do enjoy certain discounts. The atmosphere of the Schloss Goldenberg Golf Club is one of sporty, easy going elegance and, in conjunction with a challenging and exciting round of golf, encompasses a true reflection of the modern golf experience.

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By Rob Greeff


e Suffren Hotel and Marina continues to set the standard for a chic and trendy ambience with its infamous “Happy Hour”. The weekly event taps into the pulse of international and fashionable glamour with just the right touch of cool urbanity and successfully draws a mixed crowd indicative of a contemporary stylish Mauritius and global jet-setters. Swingtime, always casting an eye to trends in modern lifestyle, joined Le Suffren in celebrating the launch of

Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London the Le Suffren afterhours album. In the tradition of l’Hôtel Costes and Buddha Bar in Paris (doyens of the stylish party circuit with intrinsic soundtracks to match), the Le Suffren afterhours album is a soulful mix of pop sounds and electro creating the very exciting genre of “Sega Lounge”. Inspired by the music played at the Happy Hours on Friday nights, worldwide hits such as “Here comes the rain again”, “Time after time” and “Enjoy the silence” have been revisited and re-imagined with the infusion of a distinctive sega beat by top local musicians and singers. The soundtrack is a perfect distillation of heady tropical nights, international and cosmopolitan sophistication and unique Mauritian flavour. Special guest star, international DJ J.D. Davis (vocalist on the David Guetta smash hit “The world is Mine”), has fired up the world’s dance floors, charts and airwaves for many years, and treated everyone to a blistering set which had the Le Suffren dance floor roaring with enthusiasm and heaving with sexy beats. Party goers were also entertained by six South African barmen demonstrating their bar flaring skills and many enjoyed the culinary delights of the BBQ on the Le Suffren artificial beach overlooking the moored yachts. For those with more lavish inclinations, an exclusive V.I.P venue was staged aboard a luxury catamaran and catered to stylish needs with complimentary champagne by Nicolas Feuillate, cocktails and artistically designed hors-d’oeuvres, and was a superb culmination in an array of sophisticated elements including sights, sounds and tastes, heralding the arrival of Le Suffren as a must visit international venue for the chic, professional and urbane seeking classy entertainment. The Le Suffren afterhours album is available at most music retailers in Mauritius. See for forthcoming special events and offers.

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L'accord du rose avec le noir reste une valeur sûre et de bon goût

: portés de façon sport comme ce polo sur ce pantalon à zip et logo arrière argenté ou plus fantaisie avec cet imprimé "serpent". Comme toujours, DAILY SPORTS offre une grande variété de styles dans sa collection printemps/été 2010. Disponible dans les proshops Beachcomber, Belle Mare Plage et Four Seasons Golf Club.

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A ces tenues sport ou

branchĂŠe vous pourrez toujours y ajouter votre accessoire indispensable sur les greens : le marque-balle en cristaux de Swarovski de la marque BONJOC.

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P our la première année à Maurice, le chic italien au service de la mode golfique c'est DUCA DEL COSMA qui vous propose chaussures, accessoires et maroquinerie. Exclusivement distribué dans les proshops haut de gamme en Europe, cette marque de prestige est aujourd'hui disponible au proshop du Four Seasons Golf Club avec sa collection été 2010. Encore une fois, sans connotation golf marquée, ces modèles se portent très bien à la ville.

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KEEPING YOUR EYE If the eyes are the ON THE windows to the soul, then golfers are BALL perpetually peering out of those windows looking for the perfect shot. With “biomechanics” being the darling of the golf world, it is important to remember that, although golf encompasses physical and mental skills, visual skills are vital to the success of your game. In an article for GOLF CHICAGO, Ophthalmologist Barry L. Seiller, M.D., referenced four particular aspects that directly apply to golfers: 1. Visual acuity (keenness of vision) Is essential for identifying and hitting the target, irrespective of aiming 200 yards straight down the fairway or aligning a 5-foot putt on the green. 2. Depth perception The ability to judge distances is crucial in golf. When trained properly. Depth perception acts as a valuable aid in estimating yardage and selecting the proper club. 3. Fixation ability The ability to fine-focus on a target quickly and accurately, using a series of eye movements. The ability to properly focus on the ball and the target, whether 3 feet of 300 yards away, is essential in making good contact between the club head and the ball. Fine focusing techniques can help in hitting the sweet spot and stroking a smoother putt. 4. Peripheral vision Is referred to the outermost boundary of a person’s range of vision. “Central/peripheral awareness” is being aware of the primary target (the ball) while simultaneously knowing where you want to direct the ball with your club. This is a vital skill to master. Computer-aided and light sensitive electronic equipment are used to train central/ peripheral awareness in golfers and other athletes.

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In fitness expert Katherine Roberts’ new book “Swing Flaws and Fitness Fixes”, she recommends that golfers receive a comprehensive “vision” exam by a knowledgeable vision care practioner (VCP). This is different from an “eye” exam as it evaluates far more than just acuity (clarity of sight, 20/20, etc.), presence of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and eye health. The VCP should also evaluate at a minimum such skills as 2-eyed use, depth perception at distance, eye movement and fixation skills. Visual acuity should be maximised and balanced between the two eyes for maximal depth perception, spatial awareness and balance. Katherine Roberts goes on to mention that if a vision correction is deemed appropriate, she would advise every golfer, irrespective of age, the use of single vision soft contact lenses, preferably the disposable option. Disposable contact lenses provide maximum comfort and clarity for every round and are superior to traditional spectacle corrections in both environmental and optical aspects. They eradicate problems with lens reflections, fogging, sweat, foreign debris, surface scratches, frame/lens weight, frame interference, pressure points and optical distortions. It is to be noted that blurry vision, optical distortions inherent with prescription lenses and frame interference can wreck havoc on stability, balance and overall golf performance. As golf is increasingly taken up as the sport of choice by older individuals, Katherine Roberts makes special mention of the impact of bifocals on golf performance. Golfers of about 50 years old who now wear some form of eyewear with a “Bifocal” (or No Line) prescription for daily use may find their performance limited. “The bifocal generally blurs sight beyond the reading distance, therefore blurring the ball and clubhead. To avoid the blur, the golfer then makes a compensatory change in head orientation to see clearly around the blur zone, resulting in a changed posture, balance and swing mechanics. Such a prescription distorts the periphery resulting in false spatial information, which can lead to instability and balance issues”. The fact that golf for the most part is played outdoors, a consequence of exposure to bright sunlight can induce glare disability. Subsequent exposure to ultraviolet light also causes an increase in cataract formation. A golfspecific pair of eyewear is recommended to filter out harmful radiation from the sun and also minimise the distortion inherent to optics, tint or frame interference. Most importantly, regular visits to an eye care practioner is essential.

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Schau auf den Ball

Sollten die Augen die Fenster zur Seele sein, starren Golfspieler staendig durch diese Fenster, immer darauf bedacht, den perfekten Abschlag zu spielen.

Trotz der Biomechanik, dem Schaetzchen der Golfwelt, ist neben den physikalischen und mentalen Faehigkeiten die Sehkraft entscheidend fuer ein erfolgreiches Spiel. In einem Artikel fuer “Golf Chicago” weist Augenarzt Barry L. Siller, M.D. auf vier besonders wichtige, Golfspieler betreffende Aspekte, hin. 1. Sehschaerfe ist wesentlich um das Ziel zu erkennen und zu treffen, ob Sie nun 200 Yards geradeaus auf dem Fairway oder einen 5 Foot Putt auf dem Green schlagen. 2. Tiefenschaerfe Entfernungen einschaetzen zu koennen ist entscheidend beim Golf. Wenn gut trainiert, hilft Ihnen die Tiefenschaerfe bei der Abschaetzung von Entfernungen und dadurch bei der Auswahl des richtigen Schlaegers. 3. Fokusieren Eine ganze Serie von Augenbewegungen ist notwendig um ein Ziel schnell und genau auszurichten. Sich gleichzeitig auf den Ball und das Ziel zu konzentrieren, ob nun 3 Feet oder 300 Yard entfernt, ist wichtig um Schlaeger und Ball richtig einzustellen. Eine gute Fokusierung kann durchaus hilfreich sein um genau den Punkt zu treffen und glatt und weich einzuputten. 4. Periphersicht Bezieht sich auf die aeusserste Begrenzung des Gesichtsfeldes; ‘zentrales/peripherales Bewusstsein’ bedeutet, sich ueber das Hauptziel, naemlich dem Ball, bewusst zu sein und gleichzeitig zu wissen in welche Richtung Sie den Ball schlagen moechten. Dies zu beherrschen ist wichtig. Computerunterstuetzte und lichtempfindliche Geraete helfen, das zentrale/peripherale Bewusstsein bei Golfern und anderen Athleten zu trainieren.

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In ihrem neuen Buch ‘Swing Flaws and Fitness Fixes’ empfiehlt Fitnessexpertin Katherine Roberts Golfspielern, ihr Sehvermoegen von einem Spezialisten (Vision Care Practioner) umfassend untersuchen zu lassen. Im Unterschied zum herkoemmlichen Sehtest (Sehschaerfe, 20/20 usw.) werden Kurz- und Weitsichtigkeit, Astigmatismus getestet sowie der allgemeine Zustand der Augen bewertet. Der Spezialist sollte ausserdem den 2-Augen-Gebrauch, Tiefenschaerfe, Augenbewegung auf Distanz und Fokus untersuchen. Die Sehschaerfe beider Augen sollte maximiert und ausbalanciert werden um eine hoechstmoegliche Tiefenschaerfe, raeumliche Wahrnehmung und Balance zu erreichen. Katherine Roberts sagt, falls eine Sichtkorrektur notwendig ist, wuerde sie allen Golfspielern, altersunabhaengig, den Gebrauch von weichen Einweg-Kontaktlinsen empfehlen. Diese bieten einen hohen Tragekomfort und klare Sicht fuer jede Runde, sie sind herkoemmlichen Brillen aus umwelttechnischen und optischen Gruenden vorzuziehen. Beschlagene Glaeser, Schweiss, Oberflaechenkratzer, Rahmen- und Glasgewicht, verzogene Rahmen, Fingerabdruecke etc. fallen somit weg. Haeufig vorkommende Stoerungen, wie optische Verzerrungen und verzogene Rahmen, wirken sich unter Umstaenden negative auf Bestaendigkeit, Balance und allgemeiner Golfperformance aus. Golf wird zunehmend auch von aelteren Spielern als Freizeitsport gewaehlt, deshalb weisst Katherine Roberts besonders auf die Problematik von Gleitsichtbrillen beim Golfspiel hin. Golfer, die im Alltag eine Gleitsichtbrille tragen, stellen schnell fest, das ihre Leistung beim Spiel eingeschraenkt ist. Bei diesem Brillentyp verschwimmt die Sicht ausserhalb des Lesefeldes und dadurch werden Ball und Schlaegerspitze unscharf. Folglich veraendert der Golfer seine Kopfhaltung, was wiederum zur Abweichung der Koerperhaltung, der Balance und der Schwingmechanik fuehrt. Gleitsichtbrillen beeintraechtigen die Peripherie und die daraus abgeleiteten raeumlichen Informationen koennen zu Instabilitaet und Balanceproblemen fuehren. Beim Golf als Outdoorsport sind die Sportler haeufig ueber lange Zeit der Sonne und UV-Strahlung ausgesetzt. Die Sicht ist dadurch zweifelsohne behindert. UV-Strahlen in hoher Dosis erhoehen zudem das Risiko am Grauen Star zu erkranken. Es empfiehlt sich, einen optimierten Augenschutz zu tragen um zum einen schaedliche Strahlung zu filtern und zum anderen optische Beeintraechtigung, Schattierungen etc. zu minimieren. Lassen Sie Ihre Augen regelmaessig vom Spezialisten untersuchen!

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amui, Thailand, May 17: “The success of the Queen’s Cup tournament on the Asian Tour will continue to help unearth new talents and champions from Thailand”, officials said today. The US$ 300,000 Queen’s Cup will be played at the stunning Santiburi Samui Country Club on the holiday isle of Samui from 17 to 20 June, 2010, where title holder Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and former Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant will headline the field. Kanokphan Chulakasem, Governor of Thailand’s Sports Authority, said: “The Queen’s Cup Samui Golf Tournament – Asian Tour, is one of the major golf tournaments in our country which continues to develop and bring Thai golf to the next level. This is an excellent opportunity for Thai players to compete side by side with the world’s top players.” Bangkok Airways, in collaboration with Thailand’s

Sports Authority, Thailand PGA and Asian Tour, jointly announced the upcoming tournament at a press conference at Santiburi Samui today. The Queen’s Cup, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Thailand PGA, is held in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The tournament made its début on the Asian Tour last season. Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways, said: “We are excited to be associated with the tournament for the second year as it is organized in honour of our beloved Queen Sirikit, coinciding this year with the King’s 60th Coronation Anniversary which is also His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. “We have always strived to take Thai golf tournaments to an international level and we hope the event will draw a large number of golf enthusiasts who will stimulate Samui’s tourism.

Sponsors and officials at the 2010 Queen’s Cup press conference on May 17.

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Swingtime issue 11 in association with TIMESONLINE of London “Bangkok Airways will also offer a hole-in-one prize of 100,000 baht worth of air tickets during the tournament.”

M.L. Nandhika Varavarn, Bangkok Airways’ Vice President - Corporate Communications and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, said: “Last year’s tournament was very well received and was followed immensely by golf fans around the region. I Thaworn may add that Samui Isle has already Wiratchant become a new destination for golf. The Chinnarat tournament’s pro-am will be held on June Phadungsil 16 to give an exclusive chance to our local Elite Magazine amateur golfers to compete with Asia’s and True Vision. top pros. The tournament will be broadcast live on The official hotels for this year’s True Visions 62.” tournament include Santiburi Resort, Seasons, Samui Palm Beach Resort, Chaba Resort, Amarin The highlights show of the Queen’s Cup will also be Victoria, KC Resort and Mercure Samui Buri Resort. aired on the Asian Tour’s television platform which reaches 40 countries globally and over 350 million homes. Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han expressed his appreciation to Thailand’s Sports Authority and Bangkok Airways for their support of the Queen’s Cup. “Once again, said Chairman Han, we are deeply honoured to be involved with such a prestigious tournament in Thailand. The Queen’s Cup is revered by all the Thai players due to its importance and I am sure we will witness another memorable tournament”. “Golf in Thailand has grown immensely over the past decade with the likes of Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant, Prayad Marksaeng, Boonchu Ruangkit, Chapchai Nirat and Chinnarat Phadungsil achieving success on the Asian Tour and we believe our close working relationship with the various parties in Thailand will continue to provide an impetus for the game to grow.” Other main sponsors of the Queen’s Cup include Airbus and Santiburi Samui Country Club while cosponsors are Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samui Island Municipal, PTT, Siam City Asset Management and Bangkok Hospital, Bangkok and Coke Haadthip. Media partners include The Nation, Bangkok Shuho,

For golf fans, Bangkok Airways and Bangkok Travel Club will offer the “Samui Queen’s Cup Golf” package for two nights at prices starting from 10,600 Baht valid from 10 – 30 June 2010. The package includes a roundtrip ticket between Bangkok and Samui by Bangkok Airways, twinsharing two-night accommodation, airport transfers, and transfers between hotel and the Santiburi Samui Country Club. About the Asian Tour As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include J. Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.

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Golf tips and strategy



Uphill Lie

Spiel am Hang

When faced with an uphill lie, the ball is naturally going to fly higher depending on the slope, hence more club is needed.

Je nach Steigungsgrad fliegt der Ball hoeher wenn Sie hangaufwaerts spielen und Sie muessen gegebenenfalls den Schlaeger wechseln.

The club face is aimed to the right as the ball will draw in flight

Der Kopf des Schlaegers ist nach rechts ausgerichtet, der Ball beschreibt einen leichten Linksdrall.

Thought of the month The ground is not always level and certain adjustments have to be made to accomodate awkward lies.

This is because the legs will be restricted in the follow through and the hands will take over and close the club face.

Dadurch sind die Beine beim Durchschwingen behindert, die Haende uebernehmen das Spiel und sperren den Schlaeger.

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The feet, hips and shoulders are aligned parallel to the club face as the amount of hook spin has already been determined by the aim of the club. This means that both club and body will be aligned together.

Fuesse, Hueften und Schultern sind parallel zur Schlaegerspitze ausgerichtet; die Hoehe des Linksdralls wird schon durch die Zielpositionierung des Schlaegers bestimmt. Schlaeger und Koerper sind in einer Linie.

The steeper the slope, the more this will happen and therefore the severity of the slope will determine how far to the right you need to aim.

Der Grad der Steigung bestimmt darueber wie weit nach rechts gezielt werden muss.

Your hold and posture is the same as for a normal shot. For the stance, when playing off level ground the body is virtually perpendicular to the ground, but on sloping ground this is no longer the case. Hence you must recreate this situation. To achieve this, more weight is placed on the lower foot. The steepness of the slope will determine by how much.

Ihr Haltung und Positionierung ist normal. Beim Abschlag im ebenen Gelaende stehen Sie senkrecht zum Boden. Nicht so am Hang. Um eine gute Ausgangsposition zu erreichen, verlagern Sie Ihr Gewicht auf den Talfuss. Die Steigung bestimmt darueber, wieviel Gewicht Sie verlagern muessen.

The position of the ball is nearer to the higher foot, that being the right side to encourage the club head ton follow the contour of the slope. Flare out the left toe to promote a good weight transfer.

Der Ball liegt am Bergfuss, der Schlaeger kann somit dem Verlauf des Hanges folgen. Spreizen Sie die Zehen des linken Fusses um Ihr Gewicht besser zu verteilen.

You need to do a normal swing. Remember that as it will be difficult to have a full free follow through as gravity and the upslope will restrict foot and leg action.

Schwingen Sie normal ab. Es wird schwierig, die volle Geschwindigkeit zu erreichen, da die Schwerkraft und Steigung Fuss- und Beinarbeit einschraenken.

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ARJUN CHAKRABORTY’s GOLFERS PREDICTIONS JIM FURYK – 2010 Dear friends, I am back again with my interesting predictions on top golfers. I hope you enjoy my articles on your favourite sportsmen. Although I do not get the birth times of these brilliant sportsmen for my astrological calculations, I try to be specific and accurate analysis based on only their birth dates and birth places. Let me remind you what I wrote about Phil Mickleson in an earlier issue of Swingtime. I mentioned that the period between April and July will provide him with the best of results and thankfully for me, he did peak during April at the big event - the Masters of course. Tiger, to whom I dedicated a couple of articles earlier, performed well in the Masters too, in spite of being out of competitive golf for a fairly long time. My prediction was that he will restart playing golf and do well enough to hold on to his No.1 ranking at the end of the 2010 season. Only time will tell whether he does so. I must confess, Steve Stricker is doing enough to (already) disappoint himself and me in the past few weeks. Phil’s brilliant performance was astrologically expected, but Steve Stricker, please stop embarrassing me ! Mr. Jim Furyk is my ‘client’ today and I am going to disclose the planetary indications for him during 2010. Well, mostly his predictions are positive, which means he will have quite a good year out on the courses. In some crucial and close situations, luck will favour him as we know on the course an average stroke can find a lucky bounce etc. and favour the player. But, I must warn Jim from any injury that he may pick up very soon. His personal trainer must be equally careful to ensure that Jim’s season does not end with disappointment. Although Jim Furyk’s inconsistency does not allow me to be hopeful about the remaining Majors, I can assure that he will win more important tournaments and prove the value of experience once again. His level of mental energy will fluctuate although he will remain calm in most tensed moments. Like they often say, ‘it’s all in the mind folks’. During my planetary calculation I found the unfavourable position of Moon for Mr. Furyk. Because of this, he should specially try to keep his balls away from the water, or he will loose strokes there. But, to conclude I must say Jim Furyk will have quite a good 2010 if he manages to escape injuries. Friends, I am enjoying thoroughly making predictions on these special people and I hope you are enjoying reading my predictive articles. Best regards and see you in the next issue, Prof. Arjun Chakraborty. Kolkata, India. (for personal predictions)

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