Acker and Pappas win titles at SNGA Winter Classic in Cascata

Acker and Pappas win titles at SNGA Winter Classic in Cascata

Frank Acker (SNGA photo)

Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame member Frank Acker (gross) and John Pappas (net) won titles at the 2021 SNGA Winter Classic held December 9-10, 2021 at the Cascata Boulder City Golf Club, Nevada. It was the 2021 season – closing event for the Southern Nevada Golf Association. The format was changed for Stableford scoring and awarded points for Double Eagles (8 points), Eagles (5 points), Birdies (3 points) and Pars (1 point). The bogeys did not give players any points while the double bogeys or worse cost the players two points.


Frank Acker had a two-day roller coaster ride, but came away with a three-stroke victory in the Silver Division. Acker won three individual titles in 2021 and all of them have come in modified Stableford events.

This victory was a challenge as Acker made up for four birdies over the two days with five double bogeys or worse. He finished the second round with seven points on his last seven holes to post the victory.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Acker said. “It was probably the highest score I have ever shot to win a tournament, but I survived it.”

He said the second day was quite difficult… and also quite final.

“I think in the first 11 holes I had four double bogeys and I don’t remember doing that,” he said. “I was playing pretty poorly but knew I was not beside myself and tried to right the ship.”

A par on 14 and a birdie on 15 helped him take the lead as he rallied to victory.

“I knew I was behind, but I took a couple of runs on the hole before the birdie at 15, so it was a good two-hole streak for me,” he said. “I knew I had a chance and I just had to take it.”

Ultimately, Acker was happy with his game in the events of Stableford in 2021.

“It was a Stableford sweep… that’s what I’m going to do,” he said with a laugh.

Silver net

John Pappas scored 15 points on the scoreboard on his first six holes (including two net Eagles worth five points each) and earned a nine-stroke victory.

It was Pappas’ first SNGA title.

Jean Pappas

Pappas, who was playing in his first individual SNGA event after playing in a two-person event with his son-in-law earlier, admitted he didn’t expect to register his first day by 31 points.

“The course was tough so I felt really good in my round,” said Pappas. “There aren’t many great places to miss around this golf course.”

Having a big lead after Matchday 1 added a bit of pressure to Pappas’ game plan.

“I really wanted the tournament to end after day one,” he said. “I putt a ton on the first day and then hit it on the second day.”

He walked into the second day with a thought in mind: stay out of trouble.

“I hit a lot of fairways and left the ball in a lot of good places,” he said. “I just thought if I didn’t explode on a lot of holes, everything would be fine. My mindset was to keep bogey in play and it worked.

by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider Staff

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36-hole Stableford Championship with Championship, Net, Senior (50+, gross and net) and Silver (60+, gross and net) divisions. Must be a member of SNGA.

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