Viral internet sensation Amy Bockerstette has been selected to represent her country at golf’s Premier Disability Match Play event, The Cairns Cup 2024 to be played at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan.
Amy shot to fame playing the iconic 16th hole with Gary Woodland during a practice round at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
She hit the par 3 tee shot 117 yards into a greenside bunker, splashed her sand shot to within 8 feet of the pin, and made her par putt, confidently stating, “I GOT THIS!” in front of a roaring crowd.
The video capturing that moment has over 60 million views on social media and is the most-watched video in PGA TOUR history.
Amy is the first golfer with Down syndrome to play in The Cairns Cup. She is also the first person with Down syndrome to both receive an athletic scholarship to attend college and compete in a national collegiate championship.
Between June 17-25, she also represented the USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
At her 21st birthday party in October 2019, Amy and her family launched the I GOT THIS Foundation, whose sole mission is to promote inclusion through golf instruction and playing opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
The Cairns Cup is a unique USA vs Europe event taking place for the first time on American soil in 2024 and will be held at Cherry Creek Golf Club, Michigan, located just 20 minutes from the city of Detroit.
Cherry Creek Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan.
“Amy has demonstrated that not only does she have the determination to be a good golfer and great competitor, but she will also add both fight and finesse to our team. In addition, Amy has done more than anyone over the last few years to break down some of the stereotypes surrounding disability and she thoroughly deserves her place on my team!”
“I am so excited to represent Team USA at The Cairns Cup! Inclusion means belonging to a community. What better way to be included in the golfing community than to play alongside fellow golfers, while representing my country. It’s a dream come true!”
The news comes on the back of other groundbreaking news for The Cairns Cup, which named TWO female Captains for the first time in any golf event of this kind. The Cairns Cup is a very INCLUSIVE competition.
When it comes to team selection of both teams, it encourages all disabilities, welcomes golfers with up to 36 handicap indexes, does not discriminate against age and the teams are made up of both women and men.
The Cairns Cup 2022 team devised a 10-year plan for the event, hoping to secure the future for many generations, offering the opportunity for golfers with disabilities to perform on the best stage possible.