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Sunday, October 31, 2010

2010 Rudi Hall Golf Classic

It was a beautiful day for golf on Saturday, October 30, 2010, and some of our intrepid golfers took to the links for a good cause.

The 9th Annual Rudi Hall Classic Golf Tournament was held at the Cattails at Meadowview Golf Course in Kingsport.

The event honors famed golfer Rudi Hall, who passed away in 2002. At one time, Rudy was the manager of Kingsport's Solid Waste Treatment Plant, but always found the time to play golf, and at the same time as a black golfer, raised the standard for everyone. "He dearly loved the game," says Hall's wife Louetta. "He dreamed it, sleeped, loved it. He played all the courses in this area, and even traveled to different states to play in tournaments."

Please click here to see a slide show from the 2010 Rudi Hall Class Golf Tournament at Cattails at Meadowview.

Sponsor of the event was the South Central Kingsport Development Corporation. "It's a good time to bring together golfers of all types, to test their skills and raise money for a good cause," says Reverend Kenneth Calvert.

The money raised from entry fees goes to fund scholarships awarded by the SCKDC every year to deserving students. "Generally, we have 20 to 25 players every year, and historically, we've raised from 7 to 8 thousand dollars for scholarships. Some years we have corporate sponsors, and we tie everything in with the South Central Kingsport banner."

"We give out the scholarship every year during Black History Month, the last Sunday in February," says Reverend Calvert.  "Many students who have received the money have since graduated and moved on to better things. As long as they keep at least a C+ average, the scholarship is good until they finish their degree."