Amy Bockerstette Is 1st Golfer With Down Syndrome To Play In College League

Amy Bockerstette is living an extraordinary life.

She recently became the first golfer with Down Syndrome to play in a college league. This comes after her many other accomplishments in the world of golf, including starting her own foundation for others with intellectual abilities.

She's not stopping there. She also has big dreams of playing golf with Niall Horan, Nick Jonas, and Zac Efron. You go, girl!

If you haven't learned Amy Bockerstette's name yet, you soon will.

She has proven that Down Syndrome doesn't stop someone from achieving extraordinary things.

Just look at her impressive resume: she's made several TV appearances and was the keynote speaker for the 2019 National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention where her speech earned a standing ovation.

For her 21st birthday, she launched the "I Got This” Foundation, which is an organization focused on golf and playing opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Bockerstette's father shared how his daughter is an inspiration to those with intellectual disabilities.

“Don't put limits on your child with a disability,” he said.

“They are far, far more capable than you can imagine." So true!

She's even earned the nickname “Amazing Amy” thanks to her talent in impressing golf fans over the years.

In 2019, for instance, she wowed golfing fans when she played a hole with pro golfer Gary Woodland.

This was before the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

When Woodland won the U.S. Open, he surprised Bockerstette on Today and said the sweetest things about her, including how she was on his mind when he won.

"We had a special day there in Phoenix and it's blossomed from there," he said.

He went onto say that "the world needs a lot more of Amy."

“Her attitude, her energy is contagious. I thought a lot about you on Sunday. I think a lot about you every day, so thank you.”

She's now also someone who has made history.

She recently became the first golfer with Down Syndrome to play in a college league.

This was for the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida.

The 22-year-old plays for Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.

“I love playing, my teammates, my best friends, seeing each other,” she said prior to the tournament. “We have a good time.”

Since the news of her making history was announced, she's been praised all over the internet for her talents and determination. "What an AMAZING young lady!!" wrote this user.

People love cheering her on!

"It was incredible to witness history being made," wrote this user who saw her play.

"Talking with her mama, cheering her on. Sneaking in a hug when she came running to me when she realized I was there to surprise & cheer for her. Love this kid. She’s a trailblazer. #seeyouagaintomorrowAmy #shesgotthis #golffamily."

Fans also love how Down Syndrome doesn't define her.

"Shes an excellent golfer who happens to have DS not a person with DS who happens to play golf," tweeted this user.

"Go Amy!! I have no doubt you will enjoy being there and blazing a trail for other people to follow," added another.

Amy's big dreams don't stop there.

She recently told People that she wants to work in music or golf after she's done college.

"My big dream is to play golf with Niall Horan. My dream foursome is Niall Horan, Nick Jonas, Zac Efron and I want to play with Gary Woodland, too."

We have no doubt that she'll accomplish her dreams!

She's an inspiration for those with Down syndrome and even has a message just for them.

"You can achieve your dreams too!" she told People. "Just breathe and believe! You can do this! You got this!"

Learn more about Amy at her foundation's website.

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