Former mini-tour golfers’ Scottsdale-based company helps LPGA dreams

McKenzie Lyng and Amanda Robertson first met on the Cactus Tour, an Arizona-based mini tour that gives winner’s checks of up to $4,000. As their friendship blossomed, they started traveling together on the Canadian Tour and in state opens, spending as long as nine weeks in a row on the road together chasing an LPGA dream.

Along the way, however, something else happened: The pair started a business together.

Lyng and Robertson no longer play golf professionally but their company, Backswing Golf Events, funds the careers of dozens of players who still do.

The idea for the company came from a Las Vegas pro-am attended by 25 young female pros — most of whom, like Lyng, were former cast members on Golf Channel’s Big Break series.