Benefiting the Rudolph-Dadey Scholarship Fund Contributions to The First Tee of Greater Charlotte
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 year 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 addition, family members of Craig and Kevin were invited to attend the annual event.
Over the years the donations were used for general operating expenses for The First Tee of Greater Charlotte. However, 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 Charlotte 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, 18 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 $84,500 has been awarded to college participants. The current annual scholarship amount is $2,500 to each recipient.This year, we have invited a number of celebrities, mostly from the sporting world, to participate.
In 2004, a group of friends decided to get together to play golf for a purpose. Unfortunately, it rained, so the day was more about lunch than golf, but they raised $1,000 from their small raffle, which they were pleased to send off to Susan G. Komen®. Thanks to the dedication of its hard-working volunteers, BCC Rally has expanded to include a week of events and is now a fully registered 501(c)(3) charity organization.
Although the organization has grown, the goals remain the same; to educate by spreading awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds to help those battling this disease without adequate resources.
The 15th Annual BCC Rally, benefitting Susan G. Komen® was held on November 2nd, 2018 and included an evening gala, ladies golf and luncheon, men's golf and a tennis event.