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PGA Star Gary Woodland Invites Girl with Down Syndrome to Play Iconic Tour Hole, She Stuns with Spectacular Par Save

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With the Phoenix Open well underway, one lucky young woman was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to play the iconic 16th at TPC Scottsdale with Gary Woodland.


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With the Phoenix Open well underway, one lucky young woman was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to play the iconic 16th at TPC Scottsdale with a couple of PGA professionals.

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When Amy Bockerstette was approached by tour pro Gary Woodland for a quick game, she was delighted, if not quietly confident. As it turned out, Amy, who is part of Special Olympics Arizona, has got some serious talent—and a whole lot of charm to go with it!

So, after getting laced up in her golf shoes and striding confidently onto the tee box, expectations began to rise.

“We knew a 120-yard shot was a sweet spot for her,” said Amy’s father, Joe, of the big moment, as reported by Arizona Republic. “So we gave her one of her top clubs… We had a good feeling that she’d hit a good tee shot.”

Well, she certainly did just that! Amy crushed it, much to the delight of the adoring crowd.

“They love me,” she remarked with joy as the stands erupted into applause.

Unfortunately, despite having a good line, Amy’s ball just found the greenside bunker. As they approached the line, Woodland graciously offered to drop it out for her, but Amy wasn’t having any of that.

“You wanna hit it out?” asked Woodland, who was playing alongside fellow professional Matt Kuchar.

“Yes I do,” she said confidently, adding, “I got this,” before repeating “you can do this” several times to get herself ready for the difficult bunker shot.

What happened next was extraordinary—a stunning splash bunker shot, the ball soaring onto the fringe before rolling up to within eight feet of the hole.

Amy had a putt for par on the famed championship course.

“What do you think, going a little left?” Woodland asked as Amy lined up the putt. “Why don’t you go ahead and make that.”

“OK, I got this,” she responded sternly, before draining the eight-footer like it was no big deal.

The crowd went absolutely nuts, and the delight on Amy’s face was enthralling.

“It feels amazing,” Bockerstette told the Arizona Republic following her awesome performance.

“That was by far the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced… I’ve never rooted so hard for somebody on a golf course,” Woodland added.

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Amy’s father, Joe, revealed the secret to his daughter’s golfing success following her impressive performance.

“She’s a gamer,” he said. “She doesn’t get nervous; she gets excited.”

The video certainly proves dad is spot on with his assessment. Congrats on an amazing moment—the world could use plenty more of this!