Golf | Seath Lauer shoots 66 in first stage of PGA Tour Q-School

Former Lakewood Ranch High and Florida State University standout Seath Lauer is off to a solid start at the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School in Pensacola. Lauer fired a first-round 66 to tie for sixth place on Tuesday.

Only the top 18 players and ties advance to the second stage next month.

"Well the time of Q-School is all about being patient and managing mistakes," Lauer said in a text message. "(Tuesday) my goal was to put myself in a good position and I did that by patience. I never got ahead of myself and stayed in the present very well. Three more days of that mentality is what I am looking for this week."

Other locals in the field include Bradenton's Sean Jacklin, Lakewood Ranch resident Adam Hogue and University of Florida and IMG alum Andres Echavarria.

Jacklin is tied for 33rd after a 1-under par 69, while Hogue (T-13, 67) and Echavarria (T-21, 68) are in good position following the first round at Pensacola Country Club.