POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2010
All three Hawaii golfers got through the PGA Tour Q-School's First Stage yesterday, at different sites.
A final-round 74 was just enough for Moanalua High School alum Tadd Fujikawa to advance to the Second Stage, at Kannapolis, N.C. Fujikawa finished at 1-under-par 283 at The Club at Irish Creek, and tied for 22nd. The top 23 advanced.
The 19-year-old had five bogeys and two birdies. His final birdie, on the 17th hole, proved decisive.
Leilehua graduate Nick Mason and King Kekaulike alum Samuel Cyr finished in the top eight.
Mason, a former University of Hawaii-Hilo golfer, followed up a third-round 64 with a 71 in the First Stage at Dayton (Nev.) Valley Golf Club. He finished tied for eighth at 12-under 276.
Last year Mason, who won the Utah Open this summer, was a First Stage medalist.
Cyr, a two-time NAIA national champion from Makawao, earned a share of fifth in Santee, Calif. He closed with a 71 for a four-day total of 6-under 282 at Carlton Oaks Country Club.
Cyr won this year's Mid-Pacific Open for his first professional victory.
Reigning Hawaii State Open champ Jesse Mueller, from Arizona, failed to qualify at Carlton Oaks, shooting 76--289.
There are six Second Stage venues next month. Top qualifiers advance to the Final Qualifying Stage in December and are guaranteed a place to play next year, either on the Nationwide or PGA tours.
The First Stage qualifier at Turtle Bay starts Tuesday, with former UH-Manoa golfers Jarett Hamamoto and Pierre-Henri Soero competing.