Cyr in sixth after first round of Tour qualifying

Sam Cyr, a 2005 King Kekaulike High School graduate, fired a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the first stage of Tour Qualifying School in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday.

Cyr had eagle 2s on the fourth and 10th holes, and a double bogey on the par-5 12th – he stands in sixth place in the 78-player field at St. Johns Golf & Country Club. He also had birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 16 and 18, with a bogey on the 17th.

With three rounds remaining Cyr is in solid position to advance to the second stage, which will be played at six different locations from Nov. 19-22.

The finals are in La Quinta, Calif., Dec. 12-17. Qualifiers there will earn Tour cards, one step below the PGA Tour. This format replaced the PGA Tour Q School this fall – on two occasions Cyr fell one step short of the finals in the former format.

Cyr, a two-time NAIA champion at Point Loma Nazarene, recently earned the largest paycheck of his career, $72,000 for finishing second in the Asian Tour’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters.