May 4, 2021
When Amy Bockerstette was a high school junior in 2016, she competed in the Arizona state high school golf championships. The following year, she finished 75th out of 225. She then earned her a golf scholarship at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.
In 2019, in front of a raucous crowd, she joined PGA Open Champ Gary Woodland on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale ahead of the Phoenix Open. That par 3 is notorious for its rowdy patrons, many of whom were in the stands to watch her play. Her tee shot landed in a greenside bunker. But she hit the ball cleanly out of the sand and it landed within eight feet of the cup. She then sank the putt for par.
Next week, Amy will compete with her teammates at the National Junior College Athletic Association national championships in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Having already become the first person with Down Syndrome to earn a college athletic scholarship, Amy will now become the first person with Down Syndrome to compete in a national college athletic championship.