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PEPPER ... DOTTIE PEPPER ... SOUNDS FEISTY AND SPICY AND A PERFECT NAME FOR THE SPORTS PAGES.

DOTTIE PEPPER WINS. DOTTIE PEPPER WINS AGAIN. MEET HER NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

(GTL INTRO/MUSIC BEGINS)

GOLF IS A GAME THAT MOST PEOPLE PLAY BEST WHEN THE MIND IS KEEN YET SERENE AND THE BODY RELAXED.

SOME PLAYERS TAKE THE GAME QUITE PERSONALLY AND THERE ISN'T A SENSE OF SERENITY, BUT RATHER A SENSE OF CONTROLLED VIOLENCE, OF A HAPPINESS AT BEING PROVOKED BY THE FICKLE UNFAIR GAME.

GENE SARAZEN TOOK A SWING AS THOUGH THE BALL WAS AN ENEMY OR A NAIL TO BE HAMMERED WITH FORCE AND ANGER.

TOMMY BOLT PLAYED BEST WHEN SOME IMAGINARY ENEMY HAD SEEMINGLY INVADED HIS SPACE.

ARNIE, OF COURSE, NEVER ENCOUNTERED A SHOT THAT DIDN'T REQUIRE A VERY FIRM SPANKING.

HELEN ALFREDSON NEVER HIT A SHOT THAT SHE COULDN'T LEARN TO HATE.

AND DOTTIE PEPPER TREATS GOLF LIKE IT WAS A FOOTBALL GAME.

THERE WILL BE NO NONSENSE. THERE WILL BE NO PULLED PUNCHES. THERE ARE NO GRATUITOUS GESTURES. THERE IS FURY AND DETERMINATION AND AN UNRELENTING PRESSURE TO CAUSE THE BALL TO YIELD TO HER WILL.

AND WHEN THE BALL MISBEHAVES, GET OUT OF THE WAY. AND WHEN THE VICTORIES COME, WE'RE REMINDED OF HOW QUICKLY THE SCOWL TRANSFORMS INTO A STUNNING SMILE.

AND THE RAISED ARM IS NOT DIRECTED IN ANGER AT THE HEAVENS, BUT RATHER HOLDS THE PRIZE ALOFT.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE FINEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE LPGA AND PERHAPS IT'S MOST EXPRESSIVE PERSONALITY, DOTTIE PEPPER. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

DOTTIE PEPPER
THANKS FOR HAVING ME BACK.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU SURE LOOK FABULOUS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
THANKS, I'VE ... I FEEL PRETTY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE GOOD REASON TO.

DOTTIE PEPPER
I DO. IT'S BEEN UM, 2 YEARS OF KIND OF A TRANSITION OF UM, YOU KNOW, WORKING OUT A LOT MORE AND BEING A LITTLE MORE AWARE OF WHAT I'M EATING. AND I JUST FEEL BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FIND THAT NOW THAT YOU'RE IN YOUR 30'S THAT THEY SEEM TO GO BY MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN YOUR 20'S DID?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH YEAH, OH YEAH. (CHUCKLE) UM ...

I'LL BE 35 THIS SUMMER AND IT SEEMS LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE CRAZY FAMILY JUST PULLED THE SHENANIGANS THEY DID FOR MY 30TH. SO IT'S GOING BY REALLY QUICKLY.

PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE A LOT OF PLAYERS WHO FROM YOUR AGE TO THE AGE OF 40, SAY, HAVE PLAYED THE BEST GOLF OF THEIR CAREER.

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
I MEAN, JACK WON 6 MAJORS. HOGAN WON MORE THAN THAT. JULIE INKSTER HAS HAD AN INCREDIBLE HALL OF FAME YEAR JUST A YEAR AGO.

YOU SHOULD HAVE A LOT OF REASONS, HOW FIT YOU ARE, HOW MUCH I SUPPOSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME, AND THAT YOU'RE NOT AT ALL TIRED OF DOING THIS YET.

DOTTIE PEPPER
NO, I UM ... IF ANYTHING, I THINK I'M A LITTLE MORE DRIVEN NOW BECAUSE MY, YOU KNOW, MY LIFE IS A LOT OF MORE IN ORDER THAN IT - THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST AND UM,

JUST ... JUST HAPPY WITH WHAT I'M DOING AND ... ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE, AND THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

PETER KESSLER
GEORGE PULVER, YOUR FIRST TEACHER'S BEEN GONE, I THINK, 13 YEARS NOW.

DOTTIE PEPPER
HMM, LONGER THAN THAT EVEN. UM, I THINK 15.

PETER KESSLER
IF HE WAS HERE WITH US TONIGHT SITTING, WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE HE WOULD SAY ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

AND WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD HE HOPE - YOU HOPE HE WOULD GIVE YOU FOR YOUR HALL OF FAME SPEECH THAT YOU PLAN TO ONE DAY GIVE?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL UM, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS A BIG PERSON ABOUT BALANCE. AND I THINK HE'D BE VERY HAPPY WITH WHAT'S GOING ON ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE. I THINK HE'D BE VERY HAPPY WITH MY GOLF SWING, THE WAY IT'S EVOLVED OVER THE 8 YEARS. UM ...

IT'S BECOME LESS AND LESS MECHANICAL, UM, MORE AND MORE SIMPLISTIC, THE WAY HE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IT BE. AND UM, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS ONE TO, LIKE I SAID, ENJOY THE BALANCE.

HE NEVER WANTED UH PLAYERS JUST TO PLAY GOLF. HE WANTED THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL AND ENJOY EVERYTHING ELSE, UH EVEN THOUGH HE SCOLDED ME NON-STOP ABOUT SKIING AND, YOU KNOW, THE WILD SIDE.

UM, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HE KNEW THAT THAT WAS A HEALTHY BALANCE. AND UH, I THINK HE WOULD UM, HE'D SAY TO ENJOY THE LAST 7 POINTS AND GO FROM THERE.

PETER KESSLER
IS HE A BIG BELIEVER IN GOAL SETTING?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH DEFINITELY, BUT KEEPING THEM ... KEEPING THEM REALISTIC BUT YET TOUGH ENOUGH WHERE IT DROVE YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERY DAY AND UM, AND REALLY WORK HARD. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
YESTERDAY THERE WAS A GREAT GOLF TOURNAMENT. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT QUITE READY TO PLAY YET BECAUSE OF A WRIST INJURY THAT'S ALMOST HEALED.

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
BUT ANNIKA SORENSTAM SHOOTS 65 - 66 - 65, HOLDS OFF CHRISTIE KERR AND KARRIE WEBB BY A SHOT. KARRIE, AFTER A TRIPLE, MAKES 4 BIRDIES IN A ROW, EAGLES THE LAST HOLE FROM THE FAIRWAY,

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S NOT ON TELEVISION. WHAT'S GOING ON IN, AS FAR AS YOU'RE CONCERNED, THAT THIS PRODUCT SHOULDN'T GET THE EXPOSURE THAT OBVIOUSLY IT'S ENTITLED TO?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK THAT IS AN ISSUE. I THINK, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF REALLY GREAT GOLF THAT'S NOT BEING SEEN OR ... OR SEEN, YOU KNOW, IN VERY SHORT INCREMENTS,

YOU KNOW, AN HOUR HERE, AN HOUR AND A HALF, A 2 HOUR SEGMENT, WHERE ... WHERE THERE'S OTHER ... YOU KNOW, OTHER GOLF PRODUCTIONS THAT ARE GETTING 3 AND 4 HOURS AND ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY,

WHICH I THINK IS A HUGE THING, IS TO HAVE EARLY ROUND COVERAGE. GOLF NUTS WATCH THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. UM, I WATCH THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE WHAT'S JUGGLING TO HAPPEN - TO MAKE THE WEEKEND HAPPEN.

AND I THINK ... I THINK WITH THE SENIORS GOING TO THEIR NEW NETWORK AND ESPN OPENING UP MORE ... MORE HOURS OF PROGRAMMING, I THINK IT'S GONNA BE A HUGE THING FOR THE LPGA.

AND I THINK WE'RE REALLY CRAZY IF YOU DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE HOURS AND ... AND MAKE OUR - OUR TELECAST REALLY QUALITY ...

UM, YOU KNOW, INTERESTING SORT OF SIDE ... SIDE STORIES, GOOD ... GOOD SOLID ANNOUNCING THAT KEEPS PEOPLE INTERESTED AND ... AND A TEAM THAT PEOPLE CAN RECOGNIZE AND STAY WITH AND SAY,

'WELL OH, THIS IS THAT TEAM. THIS MUST BE THE WOMEN'S GOLF TELECAST. AND HEY, YOU GOT YOUR FAMILIAR CAST OF GREAT PLAYERS. AND WE'RE GONNA WATCH SOME GREAT GOLF.'

PETER KESSLER
THE PGA TOUR HAS BEEN PROMOTING IT'S SEXIEST PLAYERS FOR YEARS ... ARNOLD, SEVE, GREG NORMAN ... IN CONTENTION, NOT IN CONTENTION, YOU SAW THEM WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE GOLF TOURNAMENT ON TELEVISION.

SHOULD THE LPGA BE ACTIVELY MARKETING SEX APPEAL LIKE THE PGA TOUR DOES?

DOTTIE PEPPER
HMM, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SEX APPEAL BUT CERTAINLY PROFESSIONAL APPEAL. UM, I THINK YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT PRESENT THEMSELVES REALLY WELL DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

AND WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF THOSE PLAYERS, NOT ONLY ON TELEVISION BUT IN PRINT MEDIA, INTERNET CONNECTION, EVERYWHERE THAT THERE IS A MEDIUM FOR ... FOR PLAYERS TO CONNECT, THEY - THEY NEED TO BE THERE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU STILL A PERFECTIONIST? DO YOU HAVE TO BE THE BEST AT EVERYTHING YOU DO STILL?

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH, TO SOME EXTENT, YEAH, I THINK SO. UM, THAT WAS ... I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS INGRAINED OR IF I WAS JUST BORN THAT WAY. BUT UM,

YEAH, I WAS ALWAYS IN A ... IN A HOUSEHOLD WHERE ... WHERE AN 'A' COULD HAVE BEEN AN 'A+', BUT DON'T KILL YOURSELF OVER IT. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DOES YOUR DAD SAY TO YOU, THE SON THAT HE NEVER HAD, THAT HE'S INCREDIBLY PROUD OF?

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH (CHUCKLE) ...

UM, I THINK HE - HE'S A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT SOMETIMES I WORK TOO HARD, WHICH I GUESS FOR MOST PARENTS IS A NICE PROBLEM TO HAVE. THEY HAD THAT ...

GROWING UP, I WAS ONE THEY HAD TO TAKE OFF THE RANGE INSTEAD OF PUSH OUT THERE. UM, I SUPPOSE SOME PARENTS WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HAVE THAT PROBLEM.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, HE ... EVERY TIME HE WATCHES ... WATCHES ME HIT BALLS NOW, IT'S STILL THE SAME OLD THING: 'DOT, YOU NEED TO EXTEND BACK. YOU NEED TO EXTEND A LITTLE FURTHER THROUGH' ...

UM, THE SAME STUFF THAT THEY USED TO HELP ME WITH WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER. SO SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE, I GUESS.

GEORGE:
WELL, IN CASE GEORGE HASN'T SEEN YOUR CAREER STATISTICS SO FAR, AS WE GO TO BREAK, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
I HAVE TO BELIEVE HE MIGHT HAVE. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK. WE'LL GIVE HIM A LITTLE REFRESHER. HE MAY NOT BE TOTALLY UP TO DATE. HE'S GOT HIS OWN GAME TO WORRY ABOUT NOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DOTTIE PEPPER.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
DOTTIE PEPPER
- 16 LPGA WINS
- 2-TIME NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER (1992, '99)
- 12-4-1 RECORD IN 5 SOLHEIM CUP APPEARANCES
- 1992 LPGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR & VARE TROPHY AWARD WINNER )

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