Amy Bockerstette becomes the first person with Down’s syndrome to participate in the college championship | Golf news and tour information
Amy Bockerstette became the first person with Down’s syndrome to compete in a national college track and field championship.
Bockerstette, 22, competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship on Monday at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Fla., Representing Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.
Special Olympian in Arizona, Bockerstette shot to stardom when she had the chance to play a practice round hole with Gary Woodland at the Waste Management Phoenix Open 2019. At TPC Scottsdale’s 16th par-3, Bockerstette a does a “Did you see this?” up and down for par, telling Woodland “I had this” before sinking an eight foot putt. A performance, shrouded in Bockerstette’s indelible positivity and Woodland’s heartfelt glee, which went viral twice: the week of the Phoenix Open and again after Woodland won the US Open later that year. .
But Amy and her story weren’t limited to 15 minutes of fame. Amy is now spokesperson for the Special Olympics. She has made television appearances, launched the first launches and was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Down Syndrome National Congress Annual Meeting where she received a standing ovation for her speech. On her 21st birthday, Amy opened the “I Got This” Foundation, her mission to promote golf education and playing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
“What started out as that sweet five-minute clip turned into a chase for Amy,” her father, Joe, told Golf Digest. “It sums up so much good, and this effort will allow us to continue to spread that sentiment as much as possible.”
Bockerstette finished her first round on Monday with a score of 111. She is in her third year with the Paradise Valley Community College program. Bockerstette made history by joining the team, becoming the first person with Down’s syndrome to win an athletics scholarship.