PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - At the 2019 Phoenix Open, Valley golfer Amy Bockerstette became a viral sensation, after telling PGA Tour golfer Gary Woodland, "I got this," before making a par at the 16th hole. In 2021, Bockerstette is busier than ever, continuing to inspire, as her legend only gets bigger.
"Oh, I love it. I love being a celebrity," she says, explaining that everyone seems to know her wherever she goes. "Hi Amy. Good luck. Awesome Amy. Amazing Amy. Incredible."
Bockerstette is all of the above. Already the first person with Down syndrome to earn a college athletic scholarship, Monday in Florida, she will become the first person with Down syndrome to compete for a college national title, playing for Paradise Valley Community College at the NJCAA Championships.
"That girl can do anything," says teammate Paige Dormal, shaking her head.
"She gives me goosebumps," adds another teammate, Amber Daczka. "We're really proud of her. Really inspired by her."
Amy's scores will count in the four day tournament, and the 22-year-old pumps it right down the middle of the fairway over and over again. But she's even more consistent at pumping up her Puma teammates.
"Once you have a great shot, 'great shot!'" says Dormal. "You have a bad shot, 'great shot!'"
PVCC golfer Sara Kearns says, "Every time any of us have a bad tournament, she's always sitting on the 18th hole ready to give us all a hug. I love Amy."
Daczka says, "It's not about the score for Amy. It's about the relationship with the person she's playing [with]."
For the past five weeks, Bockerstette's also been helping run the I GOT THIS Foundation's inaugural golf academy. It's two months of golf instruction for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
"I like to help people to teach how to play golf," she says. "And meeting new friends."
The Bockerstette family sees the golf academy as a way to pay it forward, after all the sport's provided Amy since she picked it up eight years ago.
Joe Bockerstette, Amy's dad, says "she's met so many new friends through golf, it's just been amazing."
Two years after "I got this" made her famous, Amy Bockerstette has a new catch phrase. "We got this."