PHOENIX – Amy Bockerstette takes her talents to the national stage next year.
Bockerstette, who has Down syndrome, was one of five golfers selected for the 2022 Special Olympics, which will be held next year at the Orange County National Golf Center in Orlando, Florida.
PGA Tour Golf Gary Woodland told Bockerstette she was selected to represent Special Olympics Arizona in a video Monday.
“Millions of people are inspired by your positive attitude and the positive energy you share with everyone,” Woodland said in the video. “I look forward to encouraging you and your fellow athletes as you compete and shine as one. I know you will continue to inspire us and make us all so proud. Amy, you have it.”
The two first met in 2019, when Bockerstette played the famous hole 16 at TPC Scottsdale during this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am. She has the hole with Woodland and Matt Kuchar by her side, which in the process becomes a viral sensation.
Bockerstette and Woodland continue to do so. He wrote her ‘I got this’ mantra when she helped him win the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. Bockerstette, who plays golf for Paradise Valley Community College, will be one of more than 200 Special Olympics athletes participating in the U.S. Games.
“We are so happy for Amy and can not wait to cheer her on with the rest of the athletes representing Arizona at the American Games in Orlando,” said Jamie Heckerman, president and CEO of Special Olympics Arizona. “Gary has been such a big part of Amy’s life since they first met in 2019, it was only fitting that he surprised her with this amazing news.”
Bockerstette became the first person with Down Syndrome to play in a collegiate championship at any level in May when she played in the NJCAA Division 1 women’s golf championship.