22 year old Amy Bockerstette was thrust into the national spotlight in 2019 when a video of her went viral, and for good reason. Bockerstette was given the opportunity to play a practice round at TPC Scottsdale’s infamous par-3 16th.
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I loved it,” she told the DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL of the par-3 moment. “It was awesome, and now we’re best friends. I’m always so happy to see him.”
The young woman wasn’t even phased, telling Woodland “I got this,” before effortlessly making par sinking an eight-foot putt, GOLF DIGEST reported. The shot in and of itself is extremely impressive, but add to the fact that Bockerstette has Downs Syndrome makes the event even more noteworthy.
Yesterday, Amy teed off at the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. The tournament will last four days and Amy’s scores will be tallied at the end to determine her placement.
HISTORY MADE! Puma Golf was part of history today as @AmyGolfsNDances is the 1st collegiate athlete w/Down syndrome to compete in a national championship w/ @NJCAA Best of luck to Coach Matt Keel, and Amber Daczka, Paige Dormal, Emily Ingels, Sara Kearns, Jinkung Kim! #GoPumas pic.twitter.com/0oA8tXRqig
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