McKenzie Lyng doesn’t have your average golfer story. McKenzie didn’t start playing golf until she was 16 years old. Softball had her heart for a very long time. McKenzie traveled the country playing competitive softball tournaments while her piers were playing junior golf. She quickly fell in love with the game and the challenges that came with it. McKenzie played her college years at Kent State University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. After college, McKenzie moved to Arizona to pursue her professional golf career. She competed on the Cactus Tour and Canadian Tour for several years. McKenzie was also on the hit T.V show, Big Break Mexico, on Golf Channel in 2013.
Although McKenzie never made it to the LPGA, her game is still as sharp as ever and still enjoys the competition aspect of the game. She has moved on to different things in her life, including being a wife and mom. McKenzie is no longer competing professional on tour, but is the CEO of BackSwing Golf Events. She enjoys the flexibility of being a business owner and still being able to travel to events.
Amanda Robertson grew up in Central California. She was a softball play by trade and then made a drastic switch in high school to golf. At the age of 16 she started to fall in love with the game. Amanda went on to play during college for the Golf Channel Amateur Tour where she was the only female on the National winning team in 2008. She graduated in 2011 from Pepperdine University with a BA in psychology.
Amanda turned pro in 2012 and started a journey of golf, travel, and new experiences. She played the Cactus Tour, Canadian Tour and Symetra Tour through the years and made a good run at playing full time. BackSwing started to take off and as a result Amanda has now shifted her focus on running the company full time as COO/CFO and enjoys traveling for those events throughout the year.
Taylor grew up on the Monterey Peninsula of California, where it’s pretty tough not to fall in love with the game of golf. She played collegiate golf at Santa Clara University and graduated from the School of Business in 2014. Just after graduation, Taylor turned pro and spent a few years on the Cactus Tour.
After playing professionally, Taylor was ready for a change of pace and started working at Yelp Inc. where she learned the ins and outs of sales. She loved the grind and competitive nature that sales offers, although her golf career always felt a little unfinished. Fast forward another three years, Taylor has found her home working with BackSwing to build out a sales team – combining all of her passions every day. Having a career that impacts so many amazing charities and creates opportunity for other female professional golfers is a dream job.
Chelsea comes from the small town of Roscoe, Illinois now residing in Houston, Texas. Chelsea’s golf career began at a very early age and her talent took her through four years of varsity high school golf, four years of collegiate golf, followed by multiple years working the business side of the golf industry. After she attended Illinois State University for three years and later graduating from Eastern Illinois University, she enrolled in the Professional Golf Management program where she pursued her dream of becoming a Director of Golf. Chelsea worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at a couple of golf courses in Illinois, eventually relocating to Arizona to further pursue golf year round. No better place than the mecca of golf, right? Chelsea continued chasing that dream but sprinkled a little competitive golf back into her days. As soon as she did so, her love for the game grew exponentially which is when her Touring life then began.
After seven years of competitive golf which included attending qualifying school, mini tours, the LPGA Symetra Tour, she grew her family and her focus shifted to being the best Mommy to her now toddler boy. Although Chelsea doesn’t play all too often anymore, she keeps her game sharp for Backswing Golf Events. Being able to fundraise for charities nationwide, still use her golf talents for the greater good, meet incredible people along the way, working for Backswing is a dream come true.
Ally Geer grew up in and still resides in Brighton, Michigan. She played golf with her family for fun, but only started taking it seriously at the age of twelve when she got hurt and had to give up her first love of Ballet. She played 3.5 years of college golf for Michigan State University, where she was named BIG10 freshman of the year, a four-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time All-American. She was also a part of two winning BIG10 championship teams. Her favorite memories during her amateur career included being selected to play in the Inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur event in 2019, as well as the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup Team. She has always had a passion to be a part of something bigger than herself; something that golf has continued to give her the opportunity to do. Whether playing for her University, her Country or the future of women’s golf, she feels blessed to be a part of a sport that allows her to use her ability to give back.
Ally is thrilled to be entering into this new chapter of her golf journey with Backswing Golf Events. She loves this platform to help girls who are on tour use their abilities to give back to well deserving charities. She worked last year as a traveling pro around the Midwest for backswing, but this season she is excited to come on as a Sales Rep and work more one on one with countless incredible organizations.