PINEHURST, N.C. - University of North Carolina former golfer Mark Wilson fired an even par 70 in the first round of the 114th U.S. Open and is tied for 16th place. The 72-hole event is being played at Pinehurst #2. Wilson carded two birdies and two bogeys en route to his even par score. The leader, Martin Kaymer, fired a 5-under-par 65 on Thursday. Wilson gets an early start in Friday's second round as he tees off at 7:07 off the #1 tee.Wilson has played in the U.S. Open three times, missing the cut each time, but this year he hopes to change that at the famed Pinehurst #2, a par-70, 7,562-yard layout. Wilson qualified to play in this year's event at the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, where he shot a 4-under 138 at Sciota Country Club and Brookside Golf & Country Club. Wilson has won five PGA Tour titles, the last coming at the 2012 Humana Challenge. He has also won three titles on the NGA Hooters Tour and was runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 1992 U.S. Junior Amateur. Wilson was a two-time All-America and two time All-ACC performer, 1996, 1997 while playing for the Tar Heels and won the 1996 ACC Championship.