One of the craziest events of the summer in Parker was held Saturday, July 11. The annual Flog Tournament at the Emerald Canyon Golf Course, which is located seven miles north of Parker on Riverside Drive.
“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.
The event this year marked the 20th anniversary of the flog tournament in Parker. This year’s event was 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 were some changes to this event for 2020, mostly due to Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The “Calcutta” and auction, which are normally held the night before the tournament, were cancelled for this year.
The Best Dressed and Best Team Name awards were presented before tee-off at the beginning of the event. The Best Dressed went to “U.S. Space Force Floggers.” They also won for the Best Decorated Cart. The Best Team Name went to “Birdies, Booze and the Bill of Rights.”
One of the event’s organizers, Juanita Learn, said it has been a weird year, but added they still wanted to put on an event that would be fun for everyone.