Elmer Salvador bested two foreigners—Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert and England’s Peter Richardson—to rule the ICTSI Riviera Classic in 2014. Last year, Salvador won the P2 million ICTSI Splendido Classic in Tagaytay by a shot over Jay Bayron.
At 48, Salvador is among the most noticeable faces in the local golf scene. But despite the considerable popularity he has attained, Salvador looks back fondly at his humble beginnings as a golfer.
“I started as a caddie at 17,” he narrated in Filipino. “Three years later, I decided to play golf seriously after somebody lent me a golf club.”
Salvador, who turned professional in 1991, said that heat and rain always pose a challenge to a golfer’s physical condition and tenacity.
Salvador who named his fellow compatriots Bayron and Frankie Miñoza as his favorite golfers, said that it is his constant goal to hone his skills, “I practice everyday in Canlubang, Laguna or at the Apo Golf when I’m in Davao.”
He said that when not playing golf, he enjoys fishing or going to the beach.
The seasoned golfer said that he’s now contented just practicing and competing locally considering his age.
“But if someone would be willing to sponsor me, I would love to compete in the Japan Seniors,” Salvador concluded.