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Feb. 26, 2013

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. - Christine Shimel shot 1-under par in the final round to finish fourth at the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Tuesday.

Shimel saved her best round for last (73-73-71) and shot a combined 217 to pace Maryland to a fourth place finish in team standings. Maryland entered the final round in fifth, but got strong play overall in the last leg of the 54-hole tournament to move up a spot.

Shimel tied her season-best combined score with the 217 she shot at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in the fall.

"Christine is a senior, and in the last round you need your seniors to step up," said director of intercollegiate golf Jason Rodenhaver. "She carried us, and allowed us to move up a place. She did her job, and she's well on her way to having a wonderful year."

Emily Gimpel also finished in the top 15, scoring a 225 (76-74-75) to finish tied for 12th. Juliet Vongphoumy wasn't far behind with a top 25 finish, shooting a 228 (75-77-76) for the tournament.

"Overall, I thought we played very well" said Roderhaver. "I thought we were a little rusty, but a fourth place finish is a start. It's certainly a good start for the spring, we just have to figure out our lineup here as we get ready for the [Lady Jaguar Invitational] in two and a half weeks."

North Carolina State won the team title with the tournament's top three golfers and a combined score of 874, Florida International came in second (886), and Miami finished third (895). Leading the field was NC State junior Brittany Marchand, who shot 4-under (69-71-73) for the tournament.


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