TRAVERSE CITY — From the first time he met Roy Vomastek on a golf course, Brian Mulvaney knew there was something uniquely special about the septuagenarian.
For a man in his 70s, Vomastek was incredibly powerful off the tee, Mulvaney thought.
Yet, there’s no way Mulvaney could have ever imagined how his relationship with Vomastek would evolve. How they would become such good friends. How many stories Vomastek would share that would lead to Mulvaney co-authoring his first book with Vomastek as the main character.
“Roy: The 78-year-old Champion” is the story Mulvaney and co-author Jay Lavender wrote about Vomastek. It documents some amazing stories about the life of Vomastek, a family doctor in Marion who is also an avid and successful golfer, and a memorable match Vomastek played at Crystal Downs Country Club near Frankfort a few years ago.
“It’s a fascinating story about a great, hard-working, humble guy who had some breaks come his way and took full advantage of it, but never lost sight of who he was and what his responsibilities were,” said Mulvaney, who became acquainted with Vomastek as members of Crystal Downs. “Golf has always been in and out of his life. There have been things that have happened where he’s been unable to play for awhile, but it always comes back and plays a major part of his life.”
In the month since it’s been released the book has received rave reviews and has spent time ranked No. 1 on Amazon.com’s non-fiction e-books list. Each review published on the web site rates it a five-star — the highest rating possible.
“It’s exciting. I’ve gotten a lot of patients of mine and friends say, ‘what an interesting story,’” said Vomastek. “It’s great. It’s kind of nice. You think the stories, well they’re a dime a dozen, but everybody that’s talked to me about it says, ‘you know, I picked it up and I couldn’t put it down.’ It’s an easy read. It’s not a huge book. They did a marvelous job.”