PHOENIX – Amy Bockerstette will be the first person with Down syndrome to participate in a national college sports championship.
The 22-year-old golfer will participate in the National NJCAA with her teammates from Paradise Valley Community College Play championships May 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Bockerstette is and became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a college athletic scholarship viral sensation when she played the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland ahead of the 2019 Phoenix Open. She hit the bunker of the par 3 stadium hole and paced up and down for par. She said “I have this” to everyone before sinking an 8-foot putt.
Amy Bockerstette, a 20 year old golfer with Down syndrome, was allowed to play the legendary 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and was able to compete with Gary Woodland.
Bockerstette and her family founded the I Got This Foundation in 2019 to provide golf lessons and play opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The foundation has partnered with Special Skills Sports Camps to create the Special Skills Golf Invitational to be held on June 1 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio. The event teaches athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities the basics of golf, from driving to chipping and putting.
BY Brentley Romine
FROM Golf Channel Digital
BY Brentley Romine
A year after taking social media by storm, Gary Woodland and Amy Bockerstette were reunited on Wednesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Towards the end of 2019, it’s time to make a historic and memorable year ponder. Our GolfChannel.com writers weigh down their favorite moments.
There are people who have the same effect, someone who is so generous, so sincere, so joyful and meets them changes perspective. Amy Bockerstette is one of those people.