Versailles played its first 18-hole tournament of the season on Wednesday at the Russellville Invitational and the Tigers walked away with a second place finish on the course at Redfield, trailing the champion Linn by just a single stroke.

Versailles played its first 18-hole tournament of the season on Wednesday at the Russellville Invitational and the Tigers walked away with a second place finish on the course at Redfield, trailing the champion Linn by just a single stroke.

The Tigers carded a team score of 353 while Linn turned in a 352.

“Really excellent effort by the guys out there today. I feel like we came out firing,” Versailles coach Kyle Nolawski said.

“To come to a tournament this early in the season with 13 other teams in it and come within one of taking home the title, it hurts a little but even more so, it is encouraging to see our guys perform like that.”

Ori Bartlett paced Versailles with a round of 78 that was good enough for the second best score of the day and just two strokes behind the leader. Garrett Boatright also medaled shooting an 89 to finish eighth. Kyle Bartlett turned in a 91, Joel Faron added a 95 and Caleb Sousley put up a 98. Sousley led the team in fairways hit and Bartlett had the least putts with 36 and secured the team’s only birdie of the day.

“Caleb fired off a career best 52 and then bested it on the front nine with a 46 for his best ever 98. Ori and Garrett did great bringing home some medals,” Nolawski said of his players. “Joel started slow, but showed great fortitude and allowed himself to climb back into it.”

Versailles was scheduled to be at Cole Camp on Thursday and will battle with Osage on Monday at Osage National Golf Club. First tees are scheduled for 4 p.m.