SI: What was your reaction when you learned that the city was seeking $3 million to renovate the bunkers, greens and tees on the North course?
MZ: I was, like, "Who is asking for this?" It certainly wasn't the daily golfer at Torrey Pines.
SI: Where would the money for this project come from?
MZ: It would come out of the Capital Improvement Fund, which is a part of the Golf Improvement Fund. That money comes from the greens and cart fees at three San Diego municipal courses.
SI: What has been the public reaction to your vote?
MZ: Overwhelmingly supportive. The vast majority of regular players have said, "Please don't change the North course; specifically, don't make changes like those done on the South course."
SI: Is this personal for you?
MZ: Absolutely. I have a strong emotional connection to Torrey Pines. I've been playing both courses since I was eight years old.
SI: Did the South course redesign factor into your decision?
MZ: When they redesigned the South they turned a one-of-a-kind course into a Rees Jones course with USGA specifications. The city and the course got their U.S. Open, but the average player, a San Diego resident, is left the rest of the year with a much less enjoyable golf experience.