About backswing

Mckenzie lyng

CEO/Co-founder/owner

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

CFO/co-founder/owner

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 grider

head of sales/owner

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.

victoria smith

sales rep

Victoria joined BackSwing Golf Events after she met Amanda at a Cactus Tour event. She originally just wanted to work events in order to support herself financially so she could continue playing. When the pandemic happened in 2020, Victoria took a break from playing competitively. This gave her and her small family the flexibility to move seasonally, 6 months in Phoenix/Arizona and 6 months in Park City, Utah. Now, Victoria is working with BackSwing full time as a Sales Representative for the Utah and Nevada territories. She plans on playing competitively next year. BackSwing Golf Events has given her the opportunity to help so many organizations that do awesome work for great causes, while giving her the financial freedom to move seasonally. Victoria is passionate about the fact that we go out on the course and raise money that makes a direct impact in someone’s life by doing what we love and are passionate about and we can support ourselves!

abbie pearce

sales rep

Abbie Pearce is a Sales Representative for BackSwing Golf Events where she facilitates growth for company expansion, fundraises for charities with BackSwing, and trains to play competitively on mini tours. Abbie played competitive golf growing up, first introduced by her grandpa at a young age. As she fell in love with the competitive nature and camaraderie that golf brings, Abbie went on to play high school golf in Green, OH and Division I Collegiate Golf at The University of Akron. She earned dual Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in both Sales Management as well as Marketing Management.

Abbie is excited to use her sales abilities on and off the course to provide each charity and corporate partner the maximum opportunity to capitalize on funds raised, and the overall player experience at their golf events! BackSwing provides Abbie a great opportunity to build her career while continuing her involvement with the game of golf. She took on the sales role at BackSwing because she wanted to be a part of something bigger than herself. BackSwing makes a difference in the lives of aspiring female professionals, as well as the charities that we support. The impact that BackSwing has made on both giving back and changing the game of golf for women, is something she wanted to be an integral part of, and now that she is, she can’t imagine being anywhere else!

Ari Macioce

sales rep

Ari Macioce is a professional golfer playing on the Cactus and Symetra (Epson) Tour while based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also BackSwing Golf Events sales representatives while she often travels to the events as a pro.  Ari begun her collegiate golf at Georgia Southern, where she had five top10 finishes and recorded team best scoring average. Then, she continued to University of Tennessee where she led the team to regionals and Nationals. Ari had a tied second in her collegiate career, eight time winner on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, competed at the Junior World Championship and won the Phoenix City Jr Championship. After graduating with a Marketing degree, Ari played on the Cactus Tour where she found BackSwing Golf Events. She believes in the company’s mission and started as a way to support herself through her professional career, and after falling in love with sales and the team, Ari has taken on the full time role.

ally geer

sales rep

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.

kaira martin

Recruitment Director/Pro Manager

Kaira Martin is a professional golfer, recruiting director and pro manager at BackSwing Golf Events. Kaira has been at BackSwing from the beginning and is a veteran of BackSwing Events. Kaira was named most event worked in 2021 with 77 events.

Kaira begun her golf career competing at the age of 6, just trying to *smack* the ball as far as she could, then she fell in love with the game and the opportunities that it has provided her with. In 2009, Kaira was named Arizona State Highschool Girls Golfer of the Year, where she set the all- time Arizona 5A tournament scoring record by shooting 11-under and won the event. She was also a great academic student; she earned her bachelor’s at University of Virginia with ACC Academic Honor Roll.

As soon as she became part of the BGE team, she found a new skill on the course that is not just her powerful swing; sales. Kaira showcased her personality in BackSwing Golf Events while she bombs drives or stick it to 3ft, she always makes sure everyone is having as much fun as she is.

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