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Gateway golfer Beehner wins POY tournament title

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Johnna Beehner joined her Gateway varsity girls golf teammates Monday for the first official practice in advance of the 2014 fall season.

But before she turned her attention to her Gators responsibilities, she made an impact on the summer golf scene one more time.

Beehner won the Tri-State PGA/King's Restaurant Player of the Year tournament in the girls 16-18 age group on Aug. 6 on the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Nine golfers took part in the championship event.

The top 10 point earners and anyone who won at least one tournament in the girls 16-18 division over the course of the 2014 summer schedule was invited to play in the championship.

Beehner finished her 18-hole round with a 3-over-par score of 75.

She finished 2-under on the front nine, including a stretch of three birdies in a row, and was the only golfer in the girls 16-18 division to finish with a score in the 70s.

Pittsburgh's Caroline Carlson was second with a 9-over 81, and Plum junior Samantha Shumaker was third at 11 over.

The Player of the Year tournament was only the second one Beehner played on the Tri-State/King's tour this season.

She won the series tournament at Hannastown Golf Club on June 23.

Beehner earned 150 points in the Player of the Year standings with the two victories and finished 10th out of 32 total golfers in the girls 16-18 division.

Luke Nosbisch 26th at nationals

Gateway graduate Luke Nosbisch swam the 50-, 100- and 200-meter (long course) breaststrokes at the U.S. National Championships last Thursday through Saturday in Irvine, Calif., and he turned in three top-50 performances.

The junior on the Pitt men's swim team had a top finish in the 200 breast, as he placed 26th with a time of 2:15.89 after entering with a seed place of 50 and a seed time of 2:19.11.

“Luke has begun to learn how to control his 200 race,” Pitt head coach Chuck Knoles said. “He had quite a swim.”

Kevin Cordes, a member of the men's team at the University of Arizona, set a meet and U.S. Open record with a winning 200 breast time of 2:07.86.

Nosbisch added a 33rd-place finish in the 50 breast (28.82) and a 48th in the 100 breast (1:03.92).

The winning time in the 50 breast was 27.24, while a 59.91 took top honors in the 100 breast.

Cody Miller, a recent graduate of Indiana University, won the 100 breast, and the 59.91 was the lone time that broke one minute.

The national championships served �as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, the 2015 World Championships, the 2015 World University Games and the 2015 Pan American Games. Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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