Players have been preparing to play in the Phoenix Waste Management Open this week at TPC Scottsdale where Gary Woodland is set to defend his title. The week is sure to have memorable moments but none may be better than what happened during Woodland’s practice round.
The par-3 16th at TPC Scottsdale is one of the most iconic in golf and notoriously difficult to play. That wasn’t the case for one lucky fan attending practice, however. Woodland was playing with Matt Kuchar at the time and invited fan and player Amy Bockerstette onto the tee to play the hole with them. Amy was caught off guard but happily accepted the invite.
On her tee shot, Amy ended up in the bunker, which normally wouldn’t be the best start to the hole. Woodland then asked if she wanted to hit the ball out and she was certainly up for the challenge, as she hit a beautiful bunker shot within about 15 feet of the hole. To cap it all off, Amy buried the putt for a strong par save that caused the fans to go nuts.
"Amy … you're our hero."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 30, 2019
Woodland later described how everyone felt about Amy’s performance. “I told her she was an inspiration to all of us and we can all learn from her,” Woodland said. “She was dealt with some serious issues and she’s overcome them and she is phenomenal. She was so sweet, she was so excited and happy and that’s something that we can all learn from. When things aren’t going our way we can definitely look back at her. And I told her she was a hero and to keep doing what she’s doing because we’re all going to be following her.”
The struggles that Woodland expressed stem from her down syndrome that has been with her since birth. But that certainly hasn’t slowed her down at all, especially when it comes to golf. That skill was certainly on display at Scottsdale but she has several accolades to her name. Amy has qualified for the Arizona state tournament as a junior in high school and has signed on to play golf at Paradise Valley Community College. She will be the first person with down syndrome to do either.
It was heartwarming seeing Amy have the time of her life and Gary Woodland is a real pro for making it happen. Hopefully, this won’t be the last time we hear from Amy as she certainly has the potential to go far in the game of golf.
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