College Golfer with Down Syndrome Set to Make History | Athletic Business

College Golfer with Down Syndrome Set to Make History

Amy Bockerstette, 22, will make history this weekend when she tees off for Paradise Valley Community College at the NJCAA national championships May 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Bockerstette is the first person with Downs syndrome to earn a college athletic scholarship and will now be the first with Downs syndrome to compete in a collegiate athletic championship, according to ESPN

Bockerstette went viral with a video of her playing the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland before the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. She hit into the bunker on a par-3 and go up and down for par, tell the crowd “I got this” before sinking an 8-foot putt.

That moment was the inspiration of her family creating the I Got This Foundation in 2019, which proved golf instructions and playing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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