Amy Bockerstette Receives Unbelievable Surprise from Gary Woodland and Immediately Returns the Favor
There’s always something going on during tournament week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. From practice rounds and the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream day on Monday and Tuesday, to the trophy presentation after the final putt on Sunday, fans of all ages can enjoy watching the PGA TOUR’s best take on TPC Scottsdale. Wednesday is no exception, playing host to the Annexus Pro-Am which brings celebrities and sports starts from all over the world to play alongside the world’s best professional golfers. But at the 2019 event, one collegiate golfer stole the show when she teed it up with the big boys at the world-famous par-3 16th hole.
Playing alongside 2018 WM Phoenix Open Champion Gary Woodland was Paradise Valley Community College golfer Amy Bockerstette who took to the tee box at the loudest hole in golf. Bockerstette received an athletic scholarship to PVCC in 2018, making her the first golfer with down syndrome to earn the honor.
Her tee shot found the bunker short and right of the green, and when asked if she wanted to play her next shot by Mr. Woodland she responded with pride and confidence saying, “I got this.”
Her second shot came out of the bunker clean, rolling closer to the hole before coming to rest about 15 feet away. Bockerstette studied the line and promptly drained her putt for par. The roar of the fans in the stands was deafening as Bockerstette waved to the crowd after her incredible up and down.
“That is so awesome,” said Woodland as he embraced Bockerstette. Indeed, Mr. Woodland, it was awesome.
Just another incredible moment at The People’s Open.