Pepper to Join Golf Channel

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dottie Pepper will become a member of The Golf Channels on-air team in 2005, agreeing Wednesday to a contract with the network that outlines her first official television assignment to follow her retirement at the end of the 2004 LPGA season.
 
Dottie PepperIm thrilled to be starting the next chapter in my career with The Golf Channel, said Pepper. Theyve become a leader in golf broadcasting and the opportunity to work both in the studio and at tournaments really appeals to me.
 
Pepper, a 17-year player on the LPGA, recorded 17 career victories, including two major championships, and was a member of six Solheim Cup teams, where her patriotism and passion for the event were renowned.
 
She enjoyed her most successful year in 1992, winning four times and leading the tour in scoring average and earnings. She also won Rolex Player of the Year, the Vare Trophy and the Golf Writers Association of Americas Female Player of the Year award. In 2000, she was recognized during the LPGAs 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGAs top-50 players and teachers. She announced in July that chronic injuries forced her to cut short her playing career, just six points shy of the Hall of Fame.
 
In her new capacity, Pepper will serve as lead analyst for various tournament telecasts on The Golf Channel, including a majority of LPGA events. She also will contribute to other studio-based shows, including Golf Central, and Sprint Pre-Game and Sprint Post-Game.
 
The 39-year-old Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native currently resides in Jupiter, Fla.