Golfers hit the links in the Bronx Friday for the 11th Annual Mayor's Cup Tournament.
The competition at Pelham Bay/Split Rock Golf Course benefitted City Parks Foundation's free youth golf program, which helps thousands of youngsters learn the sport.
Three-time U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin joined Mayor Bloomberg and others at the event along with NY1 anchors Lewis Dodley, John Schiumo, Tom McDonald, and Philip Klint.
"It teaches kids how to really be responsible for themselves and understand that their future is in their hands," Bloomberg said.
"We want them to be better citizens. I think they can learn an awful lot about themselves and be more productive as adults when they learn of themselves through the game of golf," Irwin said.
"The kids who are introduced to the game in the parks, if they want to keep playing, we have this wonderful golf center in Brooklyn. It's totally free, with a six-hole course, with a full-time staff year-round to keep kids going, keep kids playing," said City Parks Foundation Sports Director Mike Silverman.
The Mayor's Cup is sponsored by Time Warner Cable, the parent company of NY1.
For more information about youth golf programs, go to CityParksFoundation.org.