Pepper helps promote "Bogey Tees Off" book

Dottie Pepper

Dottie Pepper

Dottie Pepper agreed with the suggestion that there are an awful lot of golf books out there.

“That’s why I was skeptical,” said the 17-time LPGA Tour winner and current NBC golf reporter.

She was talking about having been been approached to contribute to a golf book. But quickly, Pepper realized that this wasn’t just any golf book. It was for children, built around a character named Bogey Ballton, a range ball whose ambition is to reach the PGA Tour. Volume 1 of the series “Bogey Tees Off” was officially introduced at last week’s PGA Merchandise Show and Pepper’s skepticism has long since morphed into enthusiasm.

“It’s been a lot of fun. It really has,” said Pepper, who was brought into the project because “they needed a golf geek – and I’m the golf geek.”

The one who shapes the stories is co-author Scott Fuller of Virginia Beach, whom Pepper had never met before being introduced to the project in the days after helping with a pro-am right after the U.S. Open at Congressional. “(Fuller) is the one who knows the right way to talk to children,” Pepper said.

Bogey’s story is simple. “He’s not content to be on the range, he wants to make the PGA Tour,” Pepper said. “But he comes to realize it’s OK to be a range ball and still strive for something bigger.” Thus is the first volume of his series entitled “A Lesson About Being Truthful.”

“We hope to get at least a front nine’s worth (of books),” Pepper said, and indeed, the next book is scheduled to be released before Christmas.

Pepper said Scooter Pines Publishing will donate 20 percent of all sales to charity. Recipients of the first book will be The Folds of Honor Foundation, The Navy SEAL Foundation, and Gabriel's Angels Foundation.

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