The KRGI Mayor’s Cup was a back-and-forth battle between Mitch Oswald and defending champion Glenn Bills.

In less than ideal conditions at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course, the two took turns holding the lead throughout the majority of the second day of the two-day tournament.

But in the end, Oswald took the lead after the 16th hole and went on to claim the Mayor’s Cup with a 138, one stroke better than Bills on Sunday.

Oswald came into the second day with the lead after firing a 66. He shot a 72 second-day score. Despite the conditions including some wind and some mist, Oswald said he’s glad to win considering the day that he had.

“There was some rain and some wind. It’s hard to play in those conditions,” Oswald said. “There’s a couple of shots I wish I could have had back on my drives. I didn’t start out the greatest but I finished strong.”

Near the end of the front nine was where he got into trouble. He fired three straight bogeys on holes 6-8, which allowed Bills to come back and tie him for the lead after the front nine.

“It was a struggle off the tee on those holes for some reason,” Oswald said. “On hole six, I hit a tree and thought it was different from where it was. It came straight down. I had a 300-yard shot onto the green after that.”

But he settled down after that. Oswald fired three birdies and had one bogey for the rest of the day.

No. 16 was one of those birdies as he sank a putt on the par-4 hole. Bills missed a putt on the hole but still finished with a par.

Oswald said he felt confident after the hole but was a little anxious after he hit the putt.

“I was a little nervous when I saw it because I didn’t think it was going to go in but it snuck in there somehow,” Oswald said. “That was very relieving to see that ball roll right into the hole there and go back in,”

Oswald finished his day with a par on hole 17 and a birdie on hole 18.

Bills said his short game was what got him into trouble. He finished with a 72 second-day score with two birdies and two bogeys.

“I think I made every putt I had to yesterday but it wasn’t there for me today,” Bills said. “I thought I hit the ball pretty well today and gave myself a chance at numerous birdie putts. I felt I was hitting good putts, they just weren’t finding the bottom of the cup.”

Oswald said competing against Bills is always fun.

“He’s someone that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Oswald said. “He doesn’t get into a lot of trouble off the tees and hits the fairways and greens very well. If he could have gotten his short game going, it might have been a different story.”

John Spellerberg took third with a 142 two-day score, while Alec Anania, who was tied with Bills for second entering the day, fell to fourth with a 143 total.

Other flight winners were:

- Tom Dinsdale Auto: Marcus Holling and Tom Wald, 146.

- Island Indoor Climate: Jeff Schwieger 156.

- Lutz: Scott Sawyers 159.

- The Pinnacle Agency: Sam Goscha and Anthoney Ladd, 167.

- Grand Island Ace Hardware: Steve Anderson, 176.

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Sports writer, mostly in volleyball, cross country, wrestling and track and field, for the Grand Island Independent for seven years.

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