Sam Cyr was tied for ninth place at the halfway point of his PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament first-stage event after Thursday's 1-under-par 71 in the second round at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
Cyr's 4-under total of 140 left him four shots behind the leader, Ryan Houge of Mesa, Ariz., who shot 69 on Thursday.
Cyr started on the back nine, and birdied his first three holes. His day also included two bogeys, and he closed with five straight pars.
The top 18 players at Oak Valley will advance to one of six second-stage events, scheduled for next month. The top 25 players and ties in the third and final stage, scheduled for Nov. 28-Dec. 3 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., will be eligible for PGA Tour membership. The next 25 and ties will be eligible for membership on the Web.com Tour.
Cyr, who was eliminated from Q-School in the first stage last year after reaching the second round in 2009 and 2010, is No. 995 in the world rankings. He has played in 11 Asian Tour events this year - his best finish was a tie for ninth in September's Taiwan Masters.