Rudolph - Dadey Scholars

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 2016 Rudolph - Dadey Memorial CELEBRITY Golf Tournament will be on June 20 at Ballantyne Country Club 

2016 Rudolph - Dadey Scholarship Recipients 

Michael Byrnes: University of South Carolina 

Caroline Cole: Sewanne The University of the South

Maurice Crowe: Montreat College

Matthew Hite: Campbell University

Tim Jennings: North Carolina State University

Grace Kehoe: North Carolina State University

Alex Lamm: Appalachian State University

Casey Lindo: North Carolina A&T

Daniel Nguyen: University of Carolina at Charlotte

Emy Pickens: Birmingham Southern University 

Jensen Rubinstein - North Carolina State University

Sam Wimbrow - University of Carolina at Charlotte

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 had made an impact on all of the members of Ballantyne Country Club 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 Greater Charlotte.

In 2010, the board of The First Tee of Greater Charlotte and Golf Fore Kids determined there should be a more specific use, and the scholarship was created. In April of that year there was a dedication at the learning center of The First Tee of Greater 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 Greater Charlotte adds to those funds through gifts from grants and other supporters. 

Since the initial awards in 2011 to graduating high school seniors who have also successfully participated in The First Tee of Greater Charlotte curriculum, 14 scholarship recipients have been named. These funds are available to each recipient throughout their college career as long as they continue to meet the standards set forth in the application. The Rudolph-Dadey Memorial Tournament has raised more than $212,000 for The First Tee of Greater Charlotte. Since the Rudolph-Dadey Scholarship’s inception, over $54,500 has been awarded to college participants. The current annual scholarship amount is $2,500 to each recipient.