SAO PAULO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International golf sponsor HSBC is bringing LatAm legend Lee Trevino to Brazil as it steps up its commitment to the nation’s preparation for Rio 2016.
With just over 500 days to go until the eyes of the world focus on the Olympics and golf’s return to the Games after a 112 year absence, HSBC – headline sponsor of this week’s Brasil Champions event in São Paulo – has reaffirmed its commitment to the future of golf in Brazil.
As part of its sponsorship of the tournament, HSBC has invited the six time Major winner, Lee Trevino, to São Paulo to give Brazil’s brightest golf prospects a masterclass in preparing for the biggest stage in world sport based on his glittering career spanning 5 decades.
The Mexican American will host a half day masterclass on big game preparation for 23-year-old Olympic hopeful Rafael Becker plus a host of junior Brazilian golfers. Becker, from São Paulo, is playing in the Brasil Champions tournament, presented by HSBC, at São Paulo Golf Club (March 13-16). The tournament is part of the Web.com Tour, the developmental tour which represents the main opportunity to earn a place on the PGA Tour.
The event is part of HSBC’s support for the CBG’s (Confederação Brasileira de Golfe) ‘Golf for Life’ programme, which trains teachers to introduce students to the game. The programme has been rolled out across Brazil and has already reached hundreds of teachers and thousands of students.
Lee Trevino said: “South America holds a special place in my heart, so it is a huge honour to be here to mentor some of Brazil’s finest golfing talent. There is clearly massive potential here and if my visit can help nurture that talent and help golf in Brazil to flourish that can only be a good thing.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship & Events, added: “This is our sixth year supporting golf in Brazil and we are almost in touching distance of the games in Rio. Over the years we have seen the potential of these young players transform into real talent, we are committed to continuing this work and leaving a legacy for Brazilian golf for generations to come.”