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Fathers And Sons: The Game’s Greatest Bond

Golf, as we all know, has long been a game for fathers and sons. And age has never really mattered when it comes to their enjoying the sport together. To be sure, the first images that come to mind when you consider familial pairings like that are of young men helping young boys take their first swings. But there are so many other ways in which that relationship exists, for golf can be shared between father and son for a lifetime. Even after both men become seniors. I thought of that as I considered a recent conversation with Roy Vomastek,
a country doctor now 81 years old, and his anesthesiologist son Ed, a mere lad at 55. They happily spoke of having playing hundreds of recreational rounds together, and also of frequently facing each other in competitions, most notably the 2010 club championship at Crystal Downs, the splendid Northern Michigan club to which they both belong. And it demonstrated just how deep and long the bond of golf can run between father and son. Roy Vomastek got into the game when he was nine years old, as a caddie at the Palmer Park Golf Course in Detroit, where boxing great Joe Louis often teed it up. Vomastek stopped playing when he joined the Army in 1949 but took it up again when he started assembling automatic transmissions at a local General Motors plant, often playing in the mornings before his afternoon shifts. In time, he started going to the University of Detroit and was good enough to make the golf team there. One of his teammates was future PGA Tour pro Dave Hill.


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