Woodland calls superfan, Valley native Bockerstette after US Open win
For Amy Bockerstette, things couldn’t get any better after receiving a scholarship to golf at Paradise Valley Community College, becoming the first golfer with down syndrome to ever earn one.
Then, she hit the par-3 at the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with her favorite golfer Gary Woodland standing by her side in February.
But Sunday, things went from good to great.
Woodland ended up winning the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, his first major championship ever and sixth pro tournament win. After the celebration, Bockerstette got a call.
It was Woodland.
"I used your positive energy."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 17, 2019
“I used your positive energy,” Woodland told Bockerstette. “You were awesome.”
He also let Bockerstette know he’d see her soon.
“We’re going to play some golf,” he said.
Her reaction to the call? Giddy.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 17, 2019
But nothing could be compared to Bockerstette’s joy when the final putt of Woodland’s was sunk though.
From the opening tee shot to the final putt, Amy watched as Gary Woodland won his first major championship. 💯pic.twitter.com/gf86h2nbZh
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 17, 2019
But the phone call wasn’t the end of the surprises for Bockerstette, as the two met up in New York City Tuesday when Woodland appeared on NBC’s The Today Show.
U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland is making the rounds in New York City today.
Earlier, he stopped by the Today Show to surprise his biggest fan Amy Bockerstette.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 18, 2019
Things just keep getting better.