Championship golfer recalls being bullied at school

Updated: 08/27/2014 4:33 PM
Created: 08/27/2014 4:25 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

She’s arguably one of the best female golfers, and because she’s a native daughter, Dottie Pepper is much beloved in the area. However, she had a secret that few people knew about. Now, she’s talking about it in the hopes it will helps others – especially kids.

Pepper is an award winning golfer. She’s arguably one of the best female golfers- winning major championships while playing in the LPGA.  She's also traveled the world as a commentator for NBC, The Golf Channel and ESPN. However, there's still one thing that's tougher for her than a hole in one-- something she hasn't been able to get a good grip on.

“We had our 30th high school reunion and I didn't go because I knew I would have to see her,” said Pepper.

She was reliving a painful memory of a childhood bully.

“Gum in the hair, she stole my bike she was a bully in my neighborhood,” Pepper explained. “The scars as kids last and things bring them back up.”

However last year, as if she were staring down a ball on a difficult  course, Pepper decided to take on the issue of bullying in a new book for kids. It's called “Bogey Tees Off.”

The book is actually the latest in a series of books by Pepper for children, but the personal connection makes her want to really reach out to kids because she was one of those kids who did not know how to speak up about bullying.

In her book, one of the characters does speak up for the bullied character, named Bogey.

“I think it is as much about speaking up as about being the actual bully,” said Pepper.

A book signing with Pepper is scheduled for Friday, August 29 at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs. It goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more information on "Bogey Tees Off."

Click here to visit the LPGA Foundation website.


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