The Buffalo Run Casino Classic jump-started the 2006 season for D.J. Fiese.

Now maybe it will do the same for Fiese's 07 season.

“I've been playing the Hooters Tour and chasing the Nationwide a little bit, said Fiese, who skipped the first two stops of the tour's eastern swing but flew in for Miami's stop, the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.

“I've been qualifying but I haven't gotten into anything. It's been somewhat of a slow year so far, but it's getting better. You want to get hot toward the end of the year. You want to be peaking at the right time.

Fiese has made the cut in four of the seven Hooters Tour events he's played this season. He's pocketed $13,097.75, 50th on the money list, and is 42nd in points with 846.

His best finish was a tie for eighth in the Capitol Chevrolet Classic at Elgin, S.C.

“I am real pleased with how I have been playing the last three weeks, Fiese said.

He tied for seventh at the Bermuda Run (N.C.) Open last week, posting a 9-under par 205.

He attempted to qualify for the Knoxville Open but missed squeezing in, losing a playoff.

So he opted to try to defend his title at the BRCC.

“I have always liked coming here because it's a fun golf course and it's always in good shape, Fiese said. “The bottom line is you guys treat us great, which is what we love. It's a win-win for everybody.

Following the Miami tournament, the tour takes a six-week break before swinging back into action at the Pearl River Resort Golf Classic at Choctaw, Miss.

“That allows us to go do some other stuff, Monday qualify or play some other tours, Fiese said. “A couple of the foreign guys are going back home, like to England. I think it's good. If they had an event in July, I would still play it.

Fiese said there's a lot of new faces on the tour this season, which is a good problem for any developmental league.

“There's a lot of new faces out here that I don't know and there's a lot of guys winning I have never heard of, he said. “Obviously, they can play.

Fiese won the 2006 Buffalo Run Casino Classic with rounds of 65, 66, 69 and 64, finishing at 24-under par 264.

That capped a long road back for Fiese, who had suffered major injuries in an automobile accident a couple years ago.