About Amy Bockerstette
Amy Bockerstette is a collegiate golfer and disabilities advocate with Down syndrome. She is the first person with Down syndrome to receive an athletic scholarship to attend college.
Amy Bockerstette was born on October 15, 1998 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. From the beginning, her parents were strong believers in inclusive education. She attended Three Rivers Montessori School from the age of 5 until 12 years old, where she was included with typical peers in general education classrooms. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in August 2010 and attended Stetson Hills Elementary School from 5th through 8th grade, also primarily in general education classes.
Amy’s first experience with organized golf came in the Spring of her eighth grade year. She participated on a school club golf team, where she impressed her grade school coach such that he recommended to her parents that she join the girl’s golf team in high school.
Amy attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where she graduated with a full diploma in May 2018. She played on the high school girls golf team for 4 years, and earned her varsity letter for golf in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was named to the All Region team and awarded Most Inspirational as a Junior.
While attending O’Connor, Amy became the first person with Down syndrome to play in the Arizona High School Girls Golf Division I State Championship, where she competed as both a Junior and Senior. In 2017, she was honored at the AZCentral.com Sports Awards with the Best Moment of the Year Award for Arizona High School Sports. She was later named by AZCentral.com as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing High School Athletes of 2017.”
In the Spring of 2018, Amy signed a letter of intent to play girls golf at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently attends PVCC on a full scholarship to play golf, where she is studying Dance. She is a Special Olympics athlete in golf, swimming and volleyball and plays soccer and Challenger baseball as well. She also plays piano.
As a representative of Special Olympics Arizona, Amy was invited by the PGA TOUR to play the par 3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with PGA TOUR player Gary Woodland and playing partner Matt Kuchar during a Tuesday practice round at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. After hitting her tee shot into a greenside bunker, she parred the hole with an 8 foot putt. The PGA TOUR’s video capturing the moment has since gone viral, receiving 43 million views across various social media platforms.
On June 16, 2019, Gary Woodland won the US Open at Pebble Beach and credited Amy and her iconic “I GOT THIS!” as inspiration for his victory. At the post-win press conference, Woodland FaceTimed Amy live, telling her, “I used your positive energy.” The PGA TOUR video of the exchange also went viral. Two days later, he joined Amy with a surprise appearance on the Today Show where, pointing to the US Open Trophy in her hands, he said to her, “We won this together.”
Later that month, Amy was the keynote speaker for the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention, where more than 2000 attendees gave her a standing ovation for her speech, “What’s Your Superpower?”
Amy continues to attend various charity golf tournaments and events, where she advocates for inclusion and for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.