Davao’s Salvador eyes back-to-back romp at ICTSI Sherwood

Davao’s Elmer Salvador returns to the scene of his breakthrough win
in the revival of the local golf circuit as he heads a crack field vying for
top honors in the P1 million Philippine Golf Tour-ICTSI Sherwood Hills Golf
Classic firing off March 17 at the Sherwood Golf and Country Club in Trece
Martires, Cavite.
Salvador, the hottest player on tour today with a Philippine
Open victory and a win in last month’s ICTSI Classic, reigned at the challenging
Sherwood layout last year, beating Benjie Magada by five strokes in a triumph
that sparked the soft-spoken Davaoeno shotmaker’s surge in the local golf
circuit.
He also ruled the ICTSI Valley leg later in the year to become
the tour’s first two-leg winner and went on to capture the Order of Merit crown
before capping his banner year with a victory in the RP Open at Mt. Malarayat.
After a joint 10th place finish in The Country Club Invitational,
the kickoff leg of this year’s 12-leg circuit, the 41-year-old Salvador buckled
down to work and ruled again at Mt. Malarayat, outlasting Jay Bayron to capture
the ICTSI Classic title last month.
“Medyo sinu-swerte lang. Mataas din ang kumpiyansa ko ngayon
sa bago kong swing (I’m just being lucky. I also play with a lot of confidence with
my new swing),” said Salvador, who adjusted his down swing early in the year
for distance and accuracy.
That makes him the man to beat at Sherwood although the rest
of the competing field will be out to foil his bid and start their own run in the
circuit organized by the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and sponsored by International
Container Terminal Services, Inc.
The challengers will be headed by the country’s premier shotmakers,
who will all be in the 54-hole tournament following a break on the Asian Tour
calendar, including Angelo Que, Juvic Pagunsan, Tony Lascuna, Artemio Murakami
and Mars Pucay.
Also in the hunt for the top P200,000 purse in the tournament,
backed by MJ Carr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV and
Golf Punk, are Jun Bernis, Ferdie Aunzo, Jerome Delariarte, Orlan Sumcad,
Michael Bibat, Marvin Dumandan, Rey Pagunsan, Danny Zarate, Robert Pactolerin,
Bayron and Magada.
Meanwhile, the traditional pro-am tournament, featuring ICTSI
officials and their guests from the government and private sectors, will be
held on March 16 with fabulous prizes and raffle items at stake.
The country’s leading amateurs, headed by ICTSI-Cangolf bets
Mhark Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa and ICTSI-The Country Club mainstays Peter Villaber,
Erwin Madrileno and Dante Becierra, will also see action in the event as part
of their buildup for various international competitions.

Davao’s Salvador eyes back-to-back romp at ICTSI Sherwood
Davao’s Elmer Salvador returns to the scene of his breakthrough winin the revival of the local golf circuit as he heads a crack field vying fortop honors in the P1 million Philippine Golf Tour-ICTSI Sherwood Hills GolfClassic firing off March 17 at the Sherwood Golf and Country Club in TreceMartires, Cavite.
Salvador, the hottest player on tour today with a PhilippineOpen victory and a win in last month’s ICTSI Classic, reigned at the challengingSherwood layout last year, beating Benjie Magada by five strokes in a triumphthat sparked the soft-spoken Davaoeno shotmaker’s surge in the local golfcircuit.
He also ruled the ICTSI Valley leg later in the year to becomethe tour’s first two-leg winner and went on to capture the Order of Merit crownbefore capping his banner year with a victory in the RP Open at Mt. Malarayat.
After a joint 10th place finish in The Country Club Invitational,the kickoff leg of this year’s 12-leg circuit, the 41-year-old Salvador buckleddown to work and ruled again at Mt. Malarayat, outlasting Jay Bayron to capturethe ICTSI Classic title last month.
“Medyo sinu-swerte lang. Mataas din ang kumpiyansa ko ngayonsa bago kong swing (I’m just being lucky. I also play with a lot of confidence withmy new swing),” said Salvador, who adjusted his down swing early in the yearfor distance and accuracy.
That makes him the man to beat at Sherwood although the restof the competing field will be out to foil his bid and start their own run in thecircuit organized by the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and sponsored by InternationalContainer Terminal Services, Inc.
The challengers will be headed by the country’s premier shotmakers,who will all be in the 54-hole tournament following a break on the Asian Tourcalendar, including Angelo Que, Juvic Pagunsan, Tony Lascuna, Artemio Murakamiand Mars Pucay.
Also in the hunt for the top P200,000 purse in the tournament,backed by MJ Carr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV andGolf Punk, are Jun Bernis, Ferdie Aunzo, Jerome Delariarte, Orlan Sumcad,Michael Bibat, Marvin Dumandan, Rey Pagunsan, Danny Zarate, Robert Pactolerin,Bayron and Magada.
Meanwhile, the traditional pro-am tournament, featuring ICTSIofficials and their guests from the government and private sectors, will beheld on March 16 with fabulous prizes and raffle items at stake.
The country’s leading amateurs, headed by ICTSI-Cangolf betsMhark Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa and ICTSI-The Country Club mainstays Peter Villaber,Erwin Madrileno and Dante Becierra, will also see action in the event as partof their buildup for various international competitions.

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