Renowned Ardee golfer James Beahan was the toast of the local golfing circuit when he registered a record breaking 66 off a six handicap at Ardee Colf Course recently.
The 33 year old set the new record on Thursday July 11. His score included five birdies in a row from the 4th to the 8th holes and an incredible eight birdies in total.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat last week, Beahan expressed his delight at his level of play, but also attributes his success to external help.
“I am thoroughly delighted to have scored so well given my recent bad form and attribute the change in golfing fortunes to a visit to the renowned golf psychologist Karl Morris last week in Carton House and also recent treatment on a lower back complaint by my physio which has given me a new lease of life”, explained Beahan.
The historic moment was made extra special for James due to the fact that his father Kevin was present to witness it.
“It’s extra special to compile it in the company of my father Kevin Beahan, who is also a member of the club and All Ireland winner with Louth in 1957 and who introduced me to golf as a teenager in Ardee over 20 years ago”, beamed Beahan.
The 33 year old also wanted to applaud the work of all those at Ardee Golf Club in making the course look and play as good as it did.
“Since I have joined the club over 20 years ago as a teenager I cannot recall the course looking in such good condition the course improvements, drainage, general course condition (in particular the manicured greens and fairways conducted over the course of the Winter have greatly improved the layout,” he added.
Looking forward to the remainder of his season, Beahan is in no doubt that he can continue to improve and compete with the best around.
“It gives me great heart, confidence and hope for the remainder of the golfing season to have produced such a historic score over the new course layout, to have reminded the current crop of young guns (Leinster senior and boys panelists Eugene Smith, Evan Farrell) that this old dog can still play a bit and most importantly to have reduced my handicap back to five where I started the year.”