Amy Bockerstette, who rose to national fame at 2019 Phoenix Open, set to compete for collegiate title

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Amy Bockerstette, who rose to national fame at 2019 Phoenix Open, set to compete for collegiate title

PHOENIX – Amy Bockerstette will be the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national college sports championship.

The 22-year-old golfer will play with her teammates from Paradise Valley Community College in the NJCAA National Championships May 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Bockerstette is the first person with Down syndrome to receive a college athletic scholarship, and she went viral when she played the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland ahead of the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open . She hit the bunker of the par 3 stadium hole and paced up and down for par. She said “I got this” to everyone before sinking an 8-foot putt.

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Bockerstette and her family founded the I Got This Foundation in 2019 to offer golf lessons and play opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The foundation has partnered with Special Skills Sports Camps to host the Special Skills Golf Invitational 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.