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Golf Talk Live - Dottie Pepper Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
AND NOW LAST YEAR YOU NEEDED NO HELP GOING INTO THE WATER. AND THIS YEAR YOU GAVE KARRIE A LITTLE SHOVE.

WHERE DO YOU THINK SHE STACKS UP, AND I SAID TO HER, 'YOU KNOW, THE HALL OF FAME TOO EASY?' SHE DIDN'T KNOW - SHE WASN'T SURE IF I WAS SARCASTIC OR NOT WHEN I WAS ASKING THE QUESTION A FEW WEEKS AGO.

OF ALL THE PLAYERS THAT YOU'VE PLAYED AGAINST, YOU'VE PLAYED WITH AND AGAINST MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HALL OF FAME ACTUALLY OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER, WHERE DOES SHE RANK?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I'VE NEVER SEEN A HARDER WORKER. I'LL ... HANDS DOWN. WHEN I CAME OUT ON TOUR, I THOUGHT BETSY KING WORKED HARD. KARRIE'S GOT BETSY BEAT. I THOUGHT I WORKED HARD. KARRIE'S GOT ME BEAT. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DOES SHE DO?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, SHE'S JUST VERY, VERY FOCUSED AND VERY DRIVEN WHEN SHE'S OUT THERE. THERE'S NO WASTE OF TIME. AND SHE GETS IN THERE AND GETS THE JOB DONE AND GETS OUT.

AND I THINK THAT'S SO KEY WHEN THERE'S SO MANY DISTRACTIONS BECAUSE AS YOU PLAYER BETTER, THE DISTRACTIONS INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY. AND SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO REALLY KEEP HERSELF CENTERED ON WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ABOUT KARRIE AS A PLAYER RELATIVE TO PLAYERS THAT YOU'VE PLAYED AGAINST OVER THE LAST 10 OR 12 YEARS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK SHE'S A BLEND OF ... OF A POWER AND A FINESSE PLAYER. AND I THINK SHE'S ... SHE'S A POLISHED, A MORE POLISHED LOPEZ FROM 1979.

I THINK SHE'S JUST THAT MUCH BETTER. BUT SHE'S MAKING US RAISE THE LEVEL OF OUR PLAY THE WAY LOPEZ DID IN THE LATE 70'S, YOU KNOW, 20 YEARS EARLIER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SEE THAT AS BEING GOOD FOR THE GAME, DON'T YOU?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR THE GAME. I THINK ... I MEAN, I WOULD COMPARE IT TO WHAT TIGER HAS DONE FOR THE GUYS. UM, IT'S ... IT CAN'T - CERTAINLY CAN'T HURT THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU WERE RECENTLY QUOTED AS SAYING THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT ANNIKA APPEARED TO BE SOMEWHAT UNHAPPY. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL KONIK FROM DELTA SKY MAGAZINE IN, I THINK, IT WAS THE FEBRUARY ISSUE. AND HE GAVE ME - WE DID WORD ASSOCIATION OR WHATEVER, AND HE GAVE ME PLAYERS NAMES, INCLUDING MYSELF SO I GOT TO BEAT UP ON MYSELF.

BUT I ... I JUST THOUGHT THAT, UH MUCH LIKE MYSELF, I THINK ANNIKA IS MISUNDERSTOOD BECAUSE PEOPLE PERCEIVE HER AS BEING UNHAPPY AND UNEMOTIONAL AND WHATEVER. AND I THINK SHE'S VERY MISUNDERSTOOD.

PETER KESSLER
IN WHAT WAY? BECAUSE SHE'S SHY AND ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
BECAUSE SHE'S QUIET, ABSOLUTELY. I HAPPEN TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD BECAUSE I HAPPEN TO VOCALIZE. (LAUGH) SHE, ON THE HAND, IS THE OTHER WAY.

PETER KESSLER
IS THAT YOU'RE ALWAYS HAVING TO APOLOGIZE AND SHE'S ALWAYS HAVING TO SAY, 'NO, I REALLY DO HAVE AN OPINION ON THIS SUBJECT.'

DOTTIE PEPPER
EXACTLY ... EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW LET'S SWITCH GEARS A SECOND AND TALK ABOUT YOUR FRIEND, JULIE INKSTER.

AS GREAT AS PLAYER AS SHE'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, WAY BEFORE TIGER DID IT, SHE WON 3 U.S. AM'S (AMATEURS) IN A ROW ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH ...

PETER KESSLER
BUT LAST YEAR, EVEN FOR HER, WAS A - JUST A BIG STEP UP, WHAT SHE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH TO GET HERSELF IN THE HALL AT THE AGE THAT SHE IS AND BEING THE MOM AND THE WIFE THAT SHE IS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ACCOUNTED FOR HER BRINGING IT UP A NOTCH LAST YEAR WHEN THERE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AN INDICATION THAT IT WAS COMING?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, ME PERSONALLY, YOU COULD SEE IT COMING BECAUSE WE PLAYED SO MANY PRACTICE ROUNDS TOGETHER AND I KNEW THE SWING CHANGES SHE WAS MAKING,

HOW SHE WAS COMING TO TERMS WITH BEING A MOM, WHEN TO LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME, WHEN TO HAVE THEM OUT ON THE ROAD, THE SUPPORT SHE HAS FROM HER FAMILY, AND JUST BEING COMFORTABLE WITH SAYING,

'I'M A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE. I NEED TO BE SELFISH SOMETIMES. AND I NEED TO FIND THAT BALANCE', LIKE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER.

AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER. AND YOU COULD ... YOU COULD SEE IT COMING. IT WAS NO SURPRISE. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN WITH THE 4TH MAJOR IF THE DU MAURIER GETS LOST. A LOT OF THE PLAYERS ON TOUR SAY THAT JUST BECAUSE THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN HAS THAT NAME OF THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN,

THAT MOST OF THE PLAYERS DON'T GO AND THAT THERE'S A SENSE ON TOUR THAT MAYBE THAT MAY NOT BE THE 4TH MAJOR. DO WE NEED ONE AND IF SO, WHAT IS IT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE 4 JUST BECAUSE THE MEN HAVE 4. I THINK IF YOU HAVE 4, YOU HAVE TO HAVE 4 QUALITY (TOURNAMENTS).

AND I ... I BELIEVE THAT WITH EVERY TOURNAMENT. I THINK YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT HAVING A TOURNAMENT IF IT'S GONNA BE A 'B' CLASS TOURNAMENT. I THINK YOU WAIT UNTIL AN 'A' CLASS TOURNAMENT COMES ALONG.

UM, IN THE SITUATION OF THE BRITISH OPEN, I'VE BEEN FAIRLY VOCAL ABOUT IT BECAUSE I THINK IT BELONGS BEING A MAJOR IF WOBURN IS OUT OF THE CIRCUIT. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SUCH GREAT GOLF COURSES THAT THEY'VE STARTED TO PUT IN THE ROTATION FOR OUR WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN,

BUT YOU'RE ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR WEAKEST LINK. AND I BELIEVE THAT WOBURN'S A BIT OF A WEAK LINK IN COMPARISON TO THE OTHER GOLF COURSES THAT THEY HAVE NOW AVAILABLE FOR US TO PLAY.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S BIRKDALE THIS YEAR, SUNNINGDALE'S ON THE ROTATION, SOME PRETTY IMPRESSIVE STUFF AND YOU JUST CAN'T PUT A WEAK LINK IN THERE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF MARKETING THINGS, WHICH YOU MENTIONED VERY EARLY ON IN THE SHOW, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE LPGA DO TO ENHANCE ITS PROFITABILITY, TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE FURTHER, TO BE ABLE TO ATTRACT NEW FANS, NEW SPONSORS, NEW TOURNAMENTS?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK THERE'S A NUMBER OF THINGS. BUT I THINK IN THIS E-WORLD, I THINK OUR WEB SITE HAS TO BE EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE AND EXTREMELY EASY TO GET AROUND. I THINK IT HAS TO BE ENTERTAINING. I THINK IT HAS TO BE INFORMATIONAL.

I THINK IT REALLY NEEDS TO HIT YOU THE WAY A LOT OF OTHER WEB SITES DO WHERE THERE'S ALL OF THIS STUFF INUNDATING YOU AND YOU'RE LIKE, 'WOW, WHERE CAN I GET MORE OF THIS!',

THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO TO TOURNAMENTS, MAKE YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED ... PLUG THE CHARITIES, PLUG EVERYTHING THAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT THE LPGA TOUR. AND THERE'S SO MUCH OF IT.

BUT I THINK WE NEED TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PEOPLE, NOT JUST PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA TAKE WHAT'S LEFTOVER BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH TO OFFER.

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S A FEW PLAYERS ON TOUR WHO SAY, 'HEY, I'M GONNA WEAR THIS T-SHIRT. I THINK I LOOK FINE. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU THINK I DON'T.' WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF THAT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK ... WELL ...

PETER KESSLER
THAT IT DOES MATTER.

DOTTIE PEPPER
IT MATTERS A LOT. UH, I HAD ONE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TEAM PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN AND I HAD JEANS ON. MY DAD HIT THE ROOF. AND I WOULD - NEVER WENT TO THE GOLF COURSE WITH A PAIR OF JEANS ON AGAIN.

AND PART OF THE DEAL WAS I WENT TO THE GOLF COURSE WITH MY SHOES POLISHED. THERE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE EVEN AS A 15 YEAR OLD THAT HAD TO BE MAINTAINED. AND SO MANY PEOPLE TAKE ...

TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR APPEARANCE AND THEY MAKE A JUDGEMENT ON THAT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S RIGHT IS FOR ANYONE TO SAY, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. YOU NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK.

AND THAT MEANS AN IRON. THAT MEANS DRY CLEANING. THAT MEANS WHITE SHOE POLISH, BROWN SHOE POLISH, WHATEVER IT NEEDS TO BE. YOU NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL.

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU ALMOST GOT EVERYBODY ON BOARD WITH THAT NOW?

DOTTIE PEPPER

OH, I DON'T THINK THAT'S EVEN AN ISSUE. I THINK THE GIRLS ARE TAKING A LOOK AND SAYING, 'YEAH, WE NEED TO DO A LITTLE BETTER AND ...'. AND THEY ARE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS THAT THE TOUR'S MADE IN THE KEY AREAS IN THE LAST 10 OR 12 YEARS?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK SO. I THINK WE COULD ... ONE THING I'D REALLY LIKE TO ... LIKE TO SEE US DO IS GET OUR SCHEDULE OUT FASTER SO THAT WE'RE NOT PERCEIVED AS ALWAYS THROWING THINGS TOGETHER AT THE LAST MINUTE.

UM, YOU KNOW ... I DON'T WANT TO DRAW COMPARISONS, BUT THE PGA TOUR GETS THEIRS OUT PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY. I MEAN, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE COMFORT OF KNOWING THAT THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE GONNA BE THE FOLLOWING YEAR AT THAT TIME FRAME.

AND I THINK WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THAT. I THINK AS WE ARE GETTING MORE - MORE AND MORE TOURNAMENTS THAT ARE MORE SOLID AND HAVE AN EXTENDED LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LPGA, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE EARLY SCHEDULE'S ALMOST AS IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD PLAY IN YOUR PRO-AMS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH ABSOLUTELY.

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN SAY, YOU KNOW, 'I CAN DO THAT. I HAVE A SCHEDULE TOO.'

DOTTIE PEPPER
ABSOLUTELY, FOR TELEVISION PURPOSES AND EVERYTHING.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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