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Sam Cyr fires 5-under 67, stands sixth after first round

October 22, 2013 - Robert Collias
Sam Cyr, a 2005 King Kekaulike graduate, is in St. Augustine, Fla., this week for the first stage of Tour qualifying school.

Cyr had a wild ride to an opening round 67 — including eagle 2s on the par-4 fourth and par-4 10th, and a double bogey on the par-5 12th — but stands a solid sixth after the first round Tuesday at St. Johns Golf & Country Club. He also had birdies on 1, 2, 16 and 18, with a bogey on 17.

There is not a precise number announced for qualifiers to the second stage, which will be played at six sites Nov. 19-22, but Cyr is comfortably inside whatever the number will be through the first of four rounds in Florida.

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 old PGA Tour Q School plan this fall — twice Cyr fell one step short of the finals in the former format.

Cyr, a 12-time winner in college, two-time NAIA champion, and former Mid-Pacific Open, Hawaii State Open and Maui Open champion, recently garnered the largest paycheck of his life, $72,000 for second place in the Asian Tour's Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

He is currently 559th in the Official World Golf Rankings.


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