Cameron Pero (Picton GC) makes history at 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship

Ontario Golf News

Belleville, ON: The Picton Golf Club was established in 1907. In 1989 member Mike Pero surprised many when he won the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship at the Brantford Golf & Country Club. Now they have a 2nd Men’s Amateur champion, his son, Cameron.

Cameron Pero prevailed on Thursday at the 101st Golf Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship held at Black Bear Ridge in Belleville, Ontario. They become the first father-son combination to have won this tournament in its history, and also earn the right to have their names etched on the Gary Cowan Trophy.

The battle for the championship came down to a duel between the two players with, fittingly, the most experience playing the Brian Magee designed layout. Pero, of Bloomfield in nearby Prince Edward County, was going head to head with Team Canada program member Ashton McCulloch of Kingston (Cataraqui G&CC) meaning both live less than an hour from Black Bear. Through the years the impeccably conditioned course has been the host for multiple high level events and qualifiers.

Pero began the final round of the tournament with a commanding five-stroke lead created by his third round score of 65, which had pushed him to a total of eleven under par.

That multiple shot lead was drying up quickly in round four with McCulloch making up ground on the front nine thanks to multiple birdies. By the time the pair reached the 12th hole of the day, it was all square at -10.

From there, Pero, a sophomore at the University of Miami-Ohio (where his dad also attended), played steady, recording nothing but pars, while McCulloch made two mistakes that cost him bogies and created the winning margin for Pero.

McCulloch had to settle for a share of second place with former Ontario Men’s Amateur Champion Garrett Rank, Ranked needed three closing birdies to reach that mark. They both completed play at eight under par.

Finishing just a shot south of that, at -7, were two players – Isaiah Ibit of Ottawa (Camelot) and Josh DiCarlo of Pointe West Golf Club.

At the closing ceremony Pero gracious acknowledged the collective efforts that contributed to the seamless execution of the tournament. He expressed his gratitude to the greens crew for their hard work, Golf Ontario for orchestrating this event, and Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort for hosting.

Surely some thanks will also go to his father, for not only his mentorship to him (and his brother James, also a fine golfer) but also as the winning caddy as well. Mike was on the bag as Cameron completed his finest golf moment to date.

A fine ending to a historic note in Golf Ontario tournament history.

To view complete results click HERE.

Mike and Cameron Pero – the 1989 and 2023 Ontario Men’s Amateur Champions, respectively. (Photo: Golf Ontario)
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