Joy Break: ‘I Don’t Get Nervous’

Golfer — and viral sensation — Amy Bockerstette becomes the first person with Down syndrome to compete at the NJCAA National Championship.

By Nancy Flory Published on May 24, 2021

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“I got this!” golfer Amy Bockerstette famously said in 2019. And earlier this month she “got” it again.

Amy, now 22, made history May 10th when she became the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national collegiate athletic championship, reported People.

Bockerstette, whom The Stream wrote about in 2019, competed at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida, May 10-12, 2021.

She wasn’t nervous. “I don’t get nervous, just very excited!” Amy told People. I am very happy to be here.” She added that her dad does get nervous.

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In 2018, Bockerstette signed with Paradise Valley Community College to play golf, but it was her 2019 appearance at TPC Scottsdale on the 16th hole with PGA Tour player Gary Woodland that made her famous. Just before sinking an 8-foot putt, she uttered the words, “I got this.” The clip went viral. 

Since then, Bockerstette started the nonprofit I Got This foundation to provide golfing instruction and playing opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reported ESPN.

Bockerstette is an inspiration for her family and others. “Don’t put limits on your child with a disability,” her father said in an interview with Today. “They are far, far more capable than you can imagine.”

 

Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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