The Australian, who was the runner-up last year, is tied with Edberg at 12-under 132 overall. He had six birdies and an eagle at the Black Mountain Golf Course
"It's good to get into position once again for the weekend," Hend said. "We'll see what happens."
Edberg (67) carded seven birdies and two bogeys.
Panuphol Pittayarat (65) was a stroke behind in third, while first-round leader Peter Uihlein (71) is three shots off the lead.
Defending champion Andrew Dodt shot a second straight 73, failing to the make the cut at 142.