Each year, the Rudolph - Dadey Scholarship Committee awards college scholarships to high school seniors who have actively participated in The First Tee of Charlotte and who exemplify The Life Skills Curriculum and Nine Core Values. The funds are awarded to each scholar throughout their college career given that they maintain the standards stated in the application.
The 2015 Rudolph - Dadey Memorial Golf Tournament will be on May 8th at Ballantyne Country Club
Rudolph - Dadey Scholars
Jensen Rubinstein - NC State
Sameer Aery - UNC Charlotte
Amanda Nguyen - Western Carolina University
Tim Jennings - NC State
Brandon Mikell - Queens University
History of The Rudolph - Dadey Scholarship
In May, 1998 Craig Rudolph, Head Golf Professional at Ballantyne Country Club, and Kevin Dadey, his lead assistant, were among five people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash after leaving the Charlotte Motor Speedway (now Lowes Motor Speedway).
The two young men made an impact on all of the members of Ballantyne CC during their time there, and to honor them, the club organized a group of members called Golf Fore Kids to create an annual golf tournament to be played every May in their memory. The event became an immediate success, selling out each year with the proceeds designated as a gift to The First Tee of Charlotte. In addition, family members of Craig and Kevin were invited to attend the annual event.
Over the years the income was used for general operating expenses. However, in 2010 the board of TFTC and Golf Fore Kids determined there should be a more specific use, and the idea of the scholarship was created. In April of that year there was a dedication at the learning center of The First Tee to honor not only Craig and Kevin, but also the Golf Fore Kids group for their support of the organization. The Rudolph/Dadey Scholarship was initially started and funded annually from proceeds from the tournament. Today The First Tee of Charlotte adds to those funds through gifts from grants and other supporters of TFTC.