Friesen attended the University of Nebraska where in 1999 he won the Ben Hogan Award for the nations top scholar-athlete and was also named All-America honorable mention. He turned pro that year.
Friesen played on several mini tours early in his career and also played on the Canadian Tour. He joined the Nationwide Tour in 2009 but sat out in 2010 due to injury. He returned to the Tour in August 2011 and won his second event of the year at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.