Cameron Piedra went about his golf round of 18 at the Palmetto Golf Course on Tuesday in a very business-like manner.
By the time he finished, most of the competition was buzzing about the eighth-grader from Palmer Trinity School.
Piedra, who moved to Miami with his parents three weeks ago and is playing team golf for the first time, shot a 1-over par 71 to win the individual championship of the Youth Fair boys’ Invitational.
“Yeah, it’s my first school championship,” said the soft-spoken Piedra, who shrugged off praise from teammates and onlookers with a smile.
Belen Jesuit continued its strong season by shooting 300 to win the team championship. The Wolverines were led by A.J. Martinez and Leo Herrera, who each shot 73.
Coral Gables’ Tomas Nieves and Columbus’ Rafa Martinez also shot 73 and went to a playoff with A.J. Martinez and Herrera to determine the individual runner-up spot.
Nieves and Martinez birdied the first hole to advance to a second playoff hole. Nieves beat Martinez at that point to claim second.
Piedra’s score helped Palmer Trinity secure a third-place finish as a team with a score of 311. Columbus was the team runner-up at 307.
“Cam might not hit with a lot of power, but he’s dead center with his shots,” Palmer Trinity coach Jeff Rose said. “He understands his distances very well and makes good choices on what clubs to use when he’s out on the course.”
Piedra was born in England, but moved to the United States in recent years with his father, Alberto, and mother, Jane Fraser. He had participated in several organized youth golf tournaments both in the U.S. and Europe, but had not played team golf until his family moved to Miami in late August and enrolled Piedra at Palmer Trinity.
“It’s a great experience for him because team golf will help him down the road to get a scholarship and play college golf,” Piedra’s father, Alberto said.
The Youth Fair girls’ golf championship is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 a.m. at Palmetto Golf Course.
Team: 1. Belen 300; 2. Columbus 307; 3. Palmer Trinity 311; 4. Gulliver 319; 5. Palmetto 331; 6. Ransom 343; 7. Riviera Prep 366.
Individuals: 1. Cameron Piedra (PT) 71; 2. x-Tomas Nieves (CG) 73; 3. Rafa Martinez (COL), 73; 4. A.J. Martinez (BEL) and Leo Herrera (BEL) 73; 6. Andrew Cecol (BEL), Scott Martinez (GUL), Cole Castro (SD), Jack Fumagalli (PT) and Jake Beber-Frankel (RE) 75.
NOTE: x-won individual playoff for second place.