Shaw wins Sydney Meriton Invitational

Gold Coast's Peter Shaw has won the 2012 Sydney Meriton Invitational after an epic final round of golf at The Lakes Golf Club.

Three weeks ago Shaw won a Jeep Cherokee at the Australian Fourball Championship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast for his role as the professional in the proAm winning team in that event so it has been a great month for the Robina Woods based teaching professional. His first prize in this event was $11,400.

Heavy rain stayed away on day three of the Sydney Meriton Invitational however, The Lakes layout did not play easy with strong swirling winds and persistent showers playing havoc with the players throughout the day.

Having played outstanding golf over the first two rounds, Shaw was able to capitalise on his lead posting a bogey free final round of three under par 69 for a tournament total of 12 under par (203).

Tied in second position seven shots behind were Craig Parry and Michael Moore while young NSW Trainee Professional Kyle Grant finished a credible tied fourth in his first major outing as a Professional.

The event, now in its ninth year of operation, has managed to raise in excess of $450,000 for a variety of nationwide charities.

Since 2005 the beneficiary of the funds raised has been the Institute of Neuromuscular Research at the Children's Hospital Westmead who work constantly to identify the causes of neuromuscular diseases and to develop therapies to alleviate the physical disabilities these children have.

In the ALPG section, Western Australia's Kristie Smith was a one shot winner over Francis Bondad and Nikki Garrett whilst individual amateur winners were Peter White (cb) and Lyn Buckley.

Event organisers John Small & Neil Warren were in high spirits at the conclusion of the event due to yet another successful tournament which concluded with the Gala Dinner at The Lakes Golf Club.

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