Parker Open

Zakhai Brown (left) of Golden, Colo. is seen with Emerald Canyon Golf Course Director Steve Benton after Brown won the 2019 Parker Open. This year’s Parker Open will be held April 24-26.

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.


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This is ridiculous and a hazard to our community. The "Stay at Home" orders specifically say NOT to travel. But here we are bringing hundreds of people to our small community, possibly bringing in the virus, exposing out residents, and possibly overtaxing health services, when it is UNNECESSARY! Yes, golf courses are allowed to operate. But for single or small group play, not a full blown tournament, with people flying in from all over the country. What about the prohibition of gatherings of more than 20 persons? What about the out of state visitor 14 day quarantine requirement?

It's bad enough with the idiots coming in to use the River, but for our County "leaders" to actively promote inserting even MORE potential for community infection? Disgraceful!

Thank You Elks, Ron Drake, County Supervisors, Steve Benton, and the sponsors for caring more about a few dollars in your pockets, than the health and safety of County Employees (forced to work this) and residents.


Actually the hazard to our community is those who listen to the media and become frightened beyond any reason. The virus is largely a hoax, threatening to close businesses of all types INCLUDING hospitals. Thank you so much to the sponsors of this event to recognize those who are choosing intelligence over fear deserve to have excellent community events! To the rest of you.... turn off your television and look around you. Ask your local hospital how many cases of the virus they have had. Then ask the buisnesses in the area how much damage they have received because of a politically motivated hoax.

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