High school golfer with Down syndrome pars iconic PGA Tour hole, and people are loving it

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During a practice round at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, defending champion Gary Woodland invited Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette to play the iconic 16th hole with him. And play it she did.

The video, posted by the PGA Tour and viewed millions of times on social media, has gotten an intensely positive response. Many of those reactions are people getting emotional over the clip. And with Bockerstette’s impressive golf skills combined with a positive attitude, fueled by phrases like “I got this” and “you can do this,” it’s easy to see why.

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The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course is a par 3 known for its wild crowds and stadium-like atmosphere during tournament time, and it was definitely the perfect backdrop for Bockerstette as fans yelled for her the whole time, much to her delight. She took a few moments to stop and look around and take it all in throughout the video.

And on the same hole where Tiger Woods once made a hole-in-one early in his career, Bockerstette had a chance to do something very memorable by making a tough par. Which she, of course, did, earning her a big roar from the crowd.

“It was awesome to meet you,” Woodland told her after the hole. “You’re an inspiration to us, all right, you’re our hero.”

Last year, Bockerstette became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a college athletics scholarship when she signed with Paradise Valley Community College, the Arizona Republic reported.

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