MOUNTAIN BROOK – The 86th Alabama Women’s State Amateur Championship began Wednesday with 65 players teeing off at The Country Club of Birmingham.

With 2-over par 73s, Sophie Burks of Equality, and Carson McKie of Hoover, tied for medalist honors. Burks’ round included three birdies with halves of 35 and 38. McKie made two birdies and an eagle over the 18 holes. Burks heads into the match play stage as the first seed while McKie will play as the second.

The 2013 Alabama Women’s State Amateur Champion, Cammie Bentley of Northport, who qualified as fourth seed, posted a 3-over par 74. Her round included birdies at holes three, ten, and 16. Bentley, a former University of Alabama golfer, will go head-to-head against Mary Mac Trammell in the first round of the match play stage.