Date: January 25, 2012

HSBC Comes on board for Leading Amateur

HSBC Bank Australia Limited has extended its support of encouraging children in sport when it came on board to provide a voucher to the top amateur at this week s Bing Lee Samsung Women’s NSW Open. 40 amateurs from all around Australia, New Zealand and Japan will have an opportunity to win the voucher worth $1,000 in a HSBC Day to Day Account. The HSBC Day to Day Account will be administered by Golf NSW. The $1,000 will directly contribute to the reimbursement of player expenses. This support will assist in covering competition travel and accommodation expenses which will allow the player to continue to fulfil their dream of becoming a professional player. With 18 amateurs on a handicap of plus one or better, the competition amongst the amateurs will be fierce but friendly. Leading the amateurs will be none other than the current World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko. The 14 year old from New Zealand will be trying to secure the title she came so close to winning last year. She currently plays off +5 and is certainly in form coming into the week, as she became the first New Zealander, since Jan Higgins in 1989 to win the Australian Amateur title last Sunday, when she defeated Victorian Breanna Elliot in the final. Elliot is another leading amateur likely to contend along with 15-year-old Minjee Lee from Western Australian who is off +3.9. Adriana Brent, leads the New South Wales contingent and plays off +3.6 at The Lakes Golf Club. In Australia, the HSBC Group offers an extensive range of financial services through a network of 35 branches and offices. These services include retail and commercial financial services, financial planning, trade finance, treasury and financial markets, payments and cash management and securities custody.