Jerry Friend thought he got lucky a couple of times during Wednesday's first round in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic. 

The former pro at Peoria Ridge Golf Course - who has regained his amateur status - turned in an even-par 72 and was in a tie for 65th.

"I got lucky a few times today," Friend said. "I hit some wayward shots and made a couple putts for par. A 72 is very average score with these guys, but with the wind today, I am proud of it."

This is the fifth time for Friend to play in the tournament. He missed cut the other times.

His best finish has been a T87 in 2004, when he opened with a 78 but had an impressive 68 in the second round.

He tied for 96th in the inaugural event (The Stables Classic) with a 147, tied for 159th in 2005 at 156 and shared 135th last year, carding rounds of 82 and 76.

Friend was at 1-under as late as the 11th hole, when he had bogeyed on 12 and 16.

He also bogeyed 5, but posted birdies on 3, 10 and 15.

Friend finished par-par to leave him at 72.

"I am please and proud of it," Friend said. "We'll see what happens tomorrow."

His playing partner, John Robinson III, didn't far as well, shooting a 9-over 81.

It was an up and down day for Oklahomans in the field.

Ryan Spears of Del City was in a four-way tie for the lead at 7-under par 65.

Martin Maritz of Broken Arrow, who played in the British Open earlier this summer, was at 2-under 70 (T34) and Broken Arrow's Ryan Henry, Corey Hale of Edmond and Derek Smith of Edmond were tied for 50th at 1-under 71.

Kasey Threet of Grove and Robert Streb of Edmond were T77 at 1-over 73.

Other Oklahomans in the field included Steve Drain of Stilwell, T86 at 2-over 74; Blake Bowman of Pryor, T96 at 3-over 75; Jeff Wright of Owasso, T103 at 7-over 79; Scott Mikles of Owasso, 107 at 10-over 82, and Joe Deere and Matthew Sparks, both of Catoosa, T108 at 13-over 85.