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3 questions entering Day 2 of Women's regionals

*__1.) Can Coastal Carolina back up its first-round showing at the East Regional?


With all due respect to the Chanticleers, that they would be the team atop the leader board at LPGA International after the first day is a bit of a surprise. Their two-under 286 was the second lowest single round score they've posted this spring, with sophomore Jessica Alexander shooting a 69, tying the day's low score.

"We are thrilled to have had such a good start today against some of the top competition in the country," said Coastal women's coach Katie Quinney. "I hope we can keep the same attitude and approach over the next 36 holes and we will see what happens next."

__2.) Who will be able to grind it out at the Central Regional?

__*Teams were met with chilly conditions at the Warren GC Thursday, and rain is the forecast for the next two days. Schools who are going to advance to nationals are going to have to show patience and perseverance. Perhaps that's why it's no surprise that UCLA took the first-round lead, shooting a three-over 291 to outpace LSU by four strokes.


3.) Can anyone really challenge USC at the West Regional?

__*Despite playing without injured All-American candidate Lisa McCloskey, the Trojans finished even-par 288 and took a two-shot lead on Virginia at Washington National GC. Freshman Sophia Popov continued her torrid play of late with a three-under 69, while the No. 5 player, Inah Park, stepped up with a 73. It shows the depth that the top-ranked team in the Golf World/NGCA coaches' poll and why many see them as the favorite to win the NCAA title.