Annual Rudolph-Dadey Memorial Tournament

Event has raised more than $250,000 for young golfers in the Charlotte region

On May 10, 84 golfers tee'd off at Ballantyne Country Club during the annual Rudolph-Dadey Memorial Golf Tournament, raising more than $5,000 to benefit young golfers in the Charlotte region.

All funds generated from the event benefit the First Tee of Charlotte, a youth development program whose mission is “to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.”

Since the inaugural event, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 and provides a scholarship to one qualified student each year.

The tournament was established in memory of Ballantyne Country Club’s first head golf professional Craig Rudolph and his first assistant Kevin Dadey, who were in a fatal helicopter crash in May 1998.

Rudolph was survived by his wife and twin boys, who participated in this year's tournament. Dadey is survived by his parents and three brothers.