5’5”...Credits George Pulver, Don Pepper, Judy Rankin, Charlie Mechem and Craig Harmon as the individuals most influencing her career...Inducted into the Furman University Hall of Fame in 1992...Named the South Carolina Professional Athlete of the Year from 1991-92...Named 1992 Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year...1993 ESPY Award winner as Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year...1993 Jim Thorpe Award winner...Recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers...Co-winner with Terry-Jo Myers of the 2001 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Kiwanis Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award...Inducted into the New York State High School Hall of Fame in July 2007…Inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008…Competed as Dottie Mochrie from 1988-95...Has one dog named J.P….Hobbies include gardening, music, sports cars, downhill skiing and wine collecting...Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.
Currently working as a commentator for the NBC Sports and Golf Channel; also a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated.
In 2004, on July 1, announced her decision to retire from the LPGA at the end of the season due to lingering injuries detrimental to her playing career; played in 12 events and notched a season-best tie for 13th at the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury.
In 2003, best finish was a tie for 14th at both the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at MountVintage and the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Presented by ALLTEL.
In 2002, missed the entire season except for one event due to a left shoulder injury that required surgery; earned enough points to qualify for her seventh U.S. Solheim Cup Team but was unable to participate.
In 2001, tied for second at both the Welch’s/Circle K Championship and the Nabisco Championship; crossed the $6 million mark in career earnings after the Welch’s/Circle K Championship; carded her fourth LPGA career hole-in-one during the first round of the Nabisco Championship; won the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, an unofficial event, with Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb.
In 2000, won the season-ending Arch Wireless Championship to earn her 17th career victory; recorded three second-place finishes – the Nabisco Championship (where she was defending champion), the Philips Invitational Honoring Harvey Penick and the AFLAC Champions Presented by Southern Living, where she was defeated by Karrie Webb after the first hole of a sudden-death playoff; missed much of the season due to injury – injured her wrist in May and was off the Tour for three weeks and injured her back at the U.S. Women’s Open in July and was out for eight weeks; made her sixth consecutive Solheim Cup appearance.
In 1999, won the Nabisco Dinah Shore for a second time with a major-championship record 19-under-par total and a six stroke margin of victory over Meg Mallon; tied her career-low round of 63 during the second round of the Oldsmobile Classic en route to winning the event and crossing the $5 million mark in career earnings.
In 1998, best finish of the season was second at both the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, where she carded a career-low 63 during the first round, and Star Bank LPGA Classic, where she lost in a playoff to Meg Mallon; tied for second at the Chickfil-A Charity Championship; crossed the $4 million mark in career earnings after the Welch’s/Circle K Championship; tied her career-low round of 63 during the first round of the State Farm Rail Classic; was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1997, best finish was a tie for second at the Rochester International.
In 1996, won the Rochester International, ShopRite LPGA Classic, Friendly’s Classic and Safeway LPGA Golf Championship; made her third LPGA career hole-in-one during the third round of the Friendly’s Classic; was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1995, won the PING/Welch’s Championship in Tucson, Ariz., and the McCall’s LPGA Classic at Stratton Mountain; lost to Rosie Jones on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to place second at the Pinewild Women’s Championship; won the JCPenney/LPGA Skins Game with eight skins and a total of $290,000; crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings after her win at the McCall’s LPGA Classic at Stratton Mountain; was sidelined for six weeks, from mid-January to early March, with right shoulder rotator cuff and thoracic back sprain injuries.
In 1994, won the inaugural Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions and tied for second at the Weetabix Women’s British Open; was a member of the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1993, won the World Championship of Women’s Golf and finished as runner-up at both the PING Welch’s Championship in Boston and the State Farm Rail Classic; in both events, lost in five-hole playoffs to Missie Berteotti and Helen Dobson, respectively; crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings with her win at the World Championship of Women’s Golf.
In 1992, recorded four victories, including her first major championship at the Nabisco Dinah Shore, which she won after a sudden-death playoff with Juli Inkster; defeated Beth Daniel and Judy Dickinson in a sudden-death playoff at the Sun-Times Challenge; won Rolex Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy; a member of the victorious LPGA Team in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, an unofficial event; crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings with a tie for fourth at the Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Open; was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1991, finished second at both the NabiscoDinahShore and the Daikyo World Championship; tied for second at the Mazda Japan Classic.
In 1990, won the Crestar Classic and posted eight additional top-10 finishes; recorded the second hole-in-one of her LPGA career at the Oldsmobile Classic; was a member of the first U.S. Solheim Cup Team.
In 1989, recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one during the Oldsmobile Classic, where she became a Rolex First-Time Winner after winning a five-hole playoff against Beth Daniel.
In 1988, as a rookie, posted seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best tie for second at the Standard Register Turquoise Classic.
In 1987, qualified for the Tour by tying for eighth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 1988 LPGA season.
Pepper was the 1981 New York State Amateur champion, the 1981 and 1983 New York Junior Amateur champion and the 1982 PGA National Junior runner-up. She was named to the 1981 Junior World Cup Team and, in 1983, was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. A year later, she was the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open. Pepper is a graduate of Furman University, where she twice was named Female Athlete of the Year, was the 1987 Athlete of the Year, captured five individual tournament titles and was a three-time All-American.