Pepper leaves NBC, joins PGA
Saratoga Springs native Dottie Pepper, the 47-year-old former LPGA star and TV golf color analyst, has decided not to renew her contract with NBC Sports and has been named an independent director for the PGA of America.
Pepper, a 17-time winner on the LPGA Tour, including a pair of majors, the 1992 and 1994 Kraft Nabisco Championships, was named a PGA director over the weekend. She announced the fact that she won't return to NBC today.
Pepper told me today that the travel schedule has become tiring, and she is devoting more time to writing her series of children's books on Bogey the golf ball. She was also named an assistant captain for the U.S. Solheim Cup team this past summer.
Pepper was the 1992 LPGA Player of the Year, the same year she won the Vare Trophy for lowest stroke average. She was a member of six Solheim Cup teams.
Read my story in Tuesday's Gazette.