Dottie Pepper To Be Inducted To South Carolina Athletic Hall-of-Fame

Former Paladin Led Furman To NCAA Runner-Up Finish In 1987.


Dottie Pepper

March 25, 2008

Greenville, S.C. - Former Furman golf great Dottie Pepper has been named one of seven honorees who will comprise the South Carolina Athletic Hall-of-Fame Class of 2008, it was announced on Monday.

The three-time All-American, who led Furman to a runner-up finish at the 1987 NCAA Championships, will be enshrined in ceremonies May 19, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center along with Mike Dunleavy, Levon Kirkland, Ernie Jackson, Bob Bolin, Carl Williams and Tom Price.

Pepper helped Furman to four straight appearances at the NCAA Championships, including three top four finishes. Individually, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native placed fifth in 1984, second in 1985, 17th in 1986 and fourth in 1987. Pepper earned the Edna Hartness Award as Furman's Female Athlete-of-the-Year in 1985 and 1987 while capturing Furman University Athlete-of-the-Year honors in 1987. Along with her five tournament victories as a Paladin, she was the low amateur at the 1984 U.S. Women's Open.

After earning a degree in physical education from Furman, Pepper went on to a stellar career on the LPGA Tour that included 17 victories. She captured major championships in 1992 and 1999 at the Nabisco Dinah Shore, as well as, LPGA Tour Rolex Player-of-the-Year honors and the Vare Trophy in 1992. She was inducted into the Furman Athletic Hall-of-Fame in 1992 while also garnering South Carolina Professional Athlete-of-the-Year and Golf Writers Association of America Female Player-of-the-Year accolades that year. A member of six U.S. Solheim Cup teams and the 1993 winner of an ESPY for Outstanding Women's Golf Performer of the Year, her $6,827,284 in career earnings ranks 13th in LPGA Tour history.

Prior to her arrival at Furman, Pepper claimed the 1981 New York State Amateur title, 1981 and 1983 New York Junior Amateur titles and finished runner-up at the 1982 PGA National Junior Championship.

Pepper currently works as an analyst for the Golf Channel and NBC Sports while also serving as a columnist for Sports Illustrated.

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