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Gateway sophomore Johnna Beehner golfed at the PIAA championships for the second year in a row.
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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Gateway sophomore Johnna Beehner completed two days of golf at the 36-hole PIAA Class AAA championships Tuesday afternoon.

She shot a 92 on Monday and a 91 on Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Club in York.

“Johnna just didn't have her best game,” Gateway head coach Dennis Persin said.

“In golf, you have good days and not so good days. But she will use this as an opportunity for growth and improvement.”

Beehner competed at the state tournament for the second time in as many seasons.

“She finished as one of the top 18 (AAA) golfers in the entire state,” Persin said.

“She got there two years in a row, and that shows she belongs. This should motivate her and fuel her hunger to do better. Her parents and I are very proud of her.”

Beehner began her journey to states at the Section 3-AAA Qualifier at Vandergrift Golf Club.

She shot a 78 and finished second overall as seven golfers from the qualifiers advanced to the WPIAL championship tournament on Oct. 2 at Hillcrest Country Club in Lower Burrell.

At WPIALs, Beehner survived a one-hole playoff against Shady Side Academy sophomore Casey Morrow to advance to the PIAA Western Regional Qualifier on Oct. 16 at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge in Blairsville.

She then punched her ticket to the state finals with a fifth-place finish at regionals.

All 10 golfers in the AAA regional field faced wet course conditions as a constant rain fell throughout the day.

“I knew some shots might not be good,” Beehner said after her regional round.

“If I made a bad shot, I knew I just had to move on to the next one.”

Beehner finished with a 12-over-par score of 84.

Canon-McMillan junior Lauren Waller placed first with a 76, followed by Peters Township freshman Mia Kness (78).

The tournament featured seven golfers from the WPIAL, as well as the champions from Districts 10, 9 and 6.

The top six finishers all were from the WPIAL, and those six were the ones who advanced to states.

“I wanted to shoot better, but under the weather circumstances, an 84 is good,” Beehner said.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at

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