It’s easily one of the craziest events of the summer in Parker. It’s the annual Flog Tournament, and it will be held starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Emerald Canyon Golf Course, which is located seven miles north of Parker on Riverside Drive. It’s across the road from La Paz County Park.
“Flog” (golf spelled backwards) is golf played with baseball bats. The event involves teams of players who often wear colorful or silly uniforms or costumes who play nine holes. Players tee off by tossing golf balls into the air and hitting them with their bats. Putting often looks more like pool players lining up shots for the pocket rather than golfers lining up shots for the hole.
This year’s event is billed as “The 20th Annual Baseball Golf World Championship.”
The event is sponsored by a local radio station and is a fundraiser for local non-profits.
There have been some changes to this event for 2020, mostly due to Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The event is starting earlier this year partly in response to these orders.
The “Calcutta” and auction, which is normally held the night before the tournament, has been cancelled for this year. Event organizer Juanita Learn said everyone will need to be at the starting point by 6 a.m. or earlier. The teams will get a “goodie” bag then and can bet on their teams.
The Best Dressed and Best Team Name awards will be presented before tee-off at the beginning of the event.
“It’s a weird year, but we’re going to do our part to enjoy the event and promote social distancing,” Learn said on the Parker Live website. “It’s an outdoor event so that helps, and we encourage people to do their best to be safe and stop COVID-19. The golf course will have refreshments and you might want to bring a mask for wearing inside the clubhouse.”
The Parker Live website said floggers can go practice at Emerald Canyon’s driving range at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8. The special baseball bats used for the event will be available to practice with. July 8 is also the last date for those who need refunds for any reason. Call Juanita at (928) 669-9274 for any questions.