Attention TFTGC Graduating Seniors & Alumni

The Rudolph-Dadey College Scholarship Fund presents alumni of The First Tee of Greater Charlotte with $2,500 each year towards reaching their dreams of higher education. In total, 22 scholars have been named and over $119,000 has been awarded. The application for the Rudolph-Dadey Scholarship will open on April 1, 2017. Graduating seniors and alumni should email Kaitlyn Jarman for application and interview information.

Current & Past Recipients

Amanda Nguyen

Year started with The First Tee: 2002

Western Carolina University

Daniel Nguyen

Year started with The First Tee: 2008

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jensen Rubinstein

Year started with The First Tee: 2008

North Carolina State University

Michael Byrnes

Year started with The First Tee: 2012

University of South Carolina

Matthew Hite

Year started with The First Tee: 2012

Campbell University

Alex Lamm

Year started with The First Tee: 2008

Appalachian State University

Caroline Cole

Year started with The First Tee: 2013

University of the South

Casey Lindo

Year started with The First Tee: 2009

North Carolina A&T

Emy Pickens

Year started with The First Tee: 2013

Birmingham-Southern College

Maurice Crowe

Year started with The First Tee: 2005

Montreat College

Olivia Kehoe

Year started with The First Tee: 2013

North Carolina State University

Reina Pozo

Year started with The First Tee: 2010

Chowan University

Sameer Aery

Year started with The First Tee: 2007

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Sam Wimbrow

Year started with The First Tee: 2010

Queens University

Tim Jennings

Year started with The First Tee: 2008

North Carolina State University

Austin Stipo

Year started with The First Tee: 2010

University of South Carolina

Rupen Singer

Year started with The First Tee: 2012

North Carolina State University

 

History of the Rudolph-Dadey College Scholarship FUND

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 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 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 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, 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.