Matt Fry of Bel Air shot a 1-under-par 69 to claim a share of a four-way tie atop the leaderboard in the first round of the 97th Maryland State Open at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. Fry, 25, a graduate of Towson University , highlighted his round with an eagle-3 at the 543-yard 17th. Also at 1-under in the 126-man field were amateurs Adam Gray of Lakewood CC and Connor Tendall of Congressional CC, along with Ryan Zylstra from Virginia's Federal Club. Former Maryland State Golf Association Amateur titlist Tyler Herriott, a professional out of Old South CC, and Jimmy Grem, an assistant pro at Eagle's Nest CC, followed with 70s. The 54-hole event continues today and Wednesday.
More golf: Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, also known as Baltimore's Classic Five, will host its seventh annual Baltimore Putting Championship with qualifying rounds Sunday through Monday and the final round July 18. There are two divisions of competition: adult (18-plus) and junior (17 or younger). Qualifying will be held at all of the Classic Five courses: Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Clifton Park, Forest Park and Carroll Park. Contestants are invited to compete at any of the five courses during the allotted qualifying time window — 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 4-7 p.m. Monday. The final round will be held at 6 p.m. Registration fees are $5 for adults and free for juniors. For more information, go to classic5golf.com.
Annapolis' Pastrana successfully triplicates Evel Knievel jumps
Honoring the man who paved the way for dozens of daredevils, Annapolis native Travis Pastrana succeeded in triplicating three of Evel Knievel's iconic motorcycle jumps Sunday night. Donning his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars, 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses and concluded the "Evel Live" event on the History Channel by jumping 149 feet to clear the fountains at Caesars Palace. "It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps, and literally his boots," said Pastrana, a Davidsonville resident. "To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here, I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done." Pastrana, who is nearing the end of an impressive career as a stunt showman and professional motorsports competitor, said he was nervous leading up to the event, which began in an empty lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas. "This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here," said Pastrana, whose outfit included a white jumpsuit with the blue V and white stars, a cape and high heel dress boots.
Third Eye Blind to help Ravens usher in 2018 season
Third Eye Blind is the headline performing act for the Ravens' Countdown to Kickoff Party on Sept. 7 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, the team announced Monday. The San Francisco band will be joined by The Struts. Before the bands perform, the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff TV Special will air live from the fairgrounds from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on WBAL-TV. Current and former Ravens players, the team's cheerleaders and mascot Poe will make appearances, and there will be interactive games for fans. Gates open at 5 p.m. The festivities will precede the Ravens' regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance for regular admission and $35 for the reserved pit. Tickets, which are standing room only, can be purchased at BaltimoreRavens.com/Kickoff.
— Edward Lee
Horse racing: The Maryland Horse Breeders Association elected three officers to its board of directors: Dr. Michael J. Harrison, DVM, was elected president; David H. Wade, vice president; and Kent Allen Murray, secretary/treasurer. Harrison, of Butler in Baltimore County, owns Willowdale Farm. Wade, of Chesapeake City in Cecil County, is the general manager of Northview Stallion Station and Northview PA. Murray, of Aberdeen in Harford County, owns Twin Oaks Farm.