La Paz County’s Emerald Canyon Golf Course is still open, and the 24th Annual Parker Open is still planned for this weekend, April 24-26.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s ‘stay at home’ order issued March 30 exempts parks and golf courses as essential businesses. Ducey said Arizonans will still need to participate in recreation. Some mayors around the state have criticized the exemption for golf courses.
According to Emerald Canyon’s website, the BlueWater Resort & Casino is no longer a sponsor of the Parker Open. The tournament organizers have made arrangements with the Quality Inn, Best Western and Hampton Inn hotels for special room rates.
The prize for first place among the professionals is $10,000. This will be based on a 54-hole total over the three days. Second place will be $6,000, and third place will be $4,000.
For team play, the top prize is $1,400, or $350 per player. For the amateur scramble on Sunday, April 26, the top prize is $630, or $210 per player on a three-player team.
The Pro-Am Tournament will be Friday and Saturday. There will be four-player teams consisting of one pro and three amateurs. Tee times both days will be 6 a.m. Tee time on Sunday will be 7 a.m.
Zahkai Brown of Golden, Colo. was the winner of the 23rd BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker Open, which was held April 26-28, 2019. Brown topped the 154 golfers who competed for a share of a total purse of $40,140.
Brown won in a 4-hole playoff with Jimmy Gunn from Mesa, Ariz. Brown posted scores of 66-72-65 to finish 13 under par with a total score of 203 for the three days, winning $8,000. Brown birdied five of his last six holes to get into the playoff. This was the second time he won the Parker Open.
Sponsors for this year’s event include Parker Elks Lodge BPOE 1929, Sundance Saloon, Havasu Springs Resort, Fox’s Floating Dock Bar, Pirate’s Den Resort & Marina, Road Runner Bar & Grill, Romer Beverage, Colorado River Sewage System Joint Venture, Simplot Partners and Desert Golf Carts.
On their Facebook page and the course website, the staff said the course is still open, but they are taking precautions regarding the spread of the coronavirus. These involve sanitizing carts after use, covering ball washers, and practicing proper social distancing. They are also requesting people not remove flags from the holes and to not come to the course if they aren’t feeling well or have a cough.
For the time being, there will be no eating in the snack bar area. Food and drink orders can be called in for pick-up.
The Emerald Canyon Golf Course is located north of Parker on Riverside Drive, across the road from County Park. For more information, call 928-667-3366.