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DeLoach recalls his 70 U.S. Open experience
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While the rest of residents in Warren County could only imagine the pressure 19-year-old local Brett Patterson faced when he played the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, Corker DeLoach could relate to the newest golf great from McMinnville.DeLoach, 62, was the first Warren County resident to ever play the U.S. Open, taking part in the event in 1970 at Hazeltine Golf Course in Chaska, Minn.Back then, DeLoach was a 21-year-old who had just finished his sophomore season at the University of Houston. DeLoach’s path to the Open, much like Patterson’s, involved taking part in a qualifying tournament. DeLoach recalled being one of six players to gain a spot in the U.S. Open out of a field of 100 players.DeLoach was one of three amateurs to make the field in the tournament in Dallas.