The Earthquake Slam


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The LPGA is going for the most unsettling of Grand Slams.

The Earthquake Slam.

The Kraft Nabisco, the LPGA’s first major championship of the year, ended with an earthquake. Yani Tseng, the winner, was being interviewed when a quake struck about 100 miles south of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and shook the media center, nearly knocking the trophy off a table.

Somewhere around 1:41 p.m. today, LPGA director of media relations Heather Daly-Donofrio felt something unusual rumbling through the media center at the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club.

“The floor was shaking and the tables were shaking,” Daly-Donofrio said.

Reiko Takekawa of the Kyodo News Service was suspicious.

“Are we having an earthquake?” she asked Daly-Donofrio.

“No,” Daly-Donofrio said. “We don’t get earthquakes here.”

Like most media here, Daly-Donofrio thought the shaking was from people marching into the media center together. But Takekawa was right. The earthquake that hit Quebec and Southern Ontario on Wednesday with a measurement of 5.5 on the Richter scale was felt briefly in the Rochester area, about 200 miles away from the earthquake's epicenter.