PHOENIX — Amy Bockerstette is about to turn out to be the primary particular person with Down syndrome to compete in a nationwide collegiate athletic championship.
The 22-year-old golfer will play together with her Paradise Valley Neighborhood Faculty teammates on the NJCAA nationwide championships Might 10-13 at Plantation Bay Golf & Nation Membership in Ormond Seashore, Florida.
Bockerstette is the primary particular person with Down syndrome to earn a university athletic scholarship, and he or she turned a viral sensation when she performed the sixteenth gap at TPC Scottsdale with PGA Tour participant Gary Woodland earlier than the 2019 Waste Administration Phoenix Open. She hit into the bunker on the par-3 stadium gap and obtained up and down for par, telling everybody “I obtained this” earlier than sinking an 8-foot putt.
Bockerstette and her household created the I Acquired This Basis in 2019 to supply golf instruction and enjoying alternatives for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities.
The muse has partnered with Particular Expertise Sports activities Camps to carry the Particular Expertise Golf Invitational on June 1 at Wedgewood Golf and Nation Membership in Powell, Ohio.
The occasion will educate athletes with mental and developmental disabilities the fundamentals of golf, from driving to chipping and placing.