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.