Before the Giants put on their helmets and practice jerseys, they geared up in hats and polo shirts.
At the 2015 New York Giants Invitational Golf Classic, presented by Toyota, coaches, players, staff and alumni teed off with nearly 50 groups of sponsors and guests earlier this week at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.
The 24th annual outing benefitted the Giants Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the New York Football Giants to assist charitable and youth-related causes throughout the greater metropolitan area. The Giants Foundation has led to the creation of many different events to help show its support and increase fundraising efforts.
"It's great to be here and help out the Giants Foundation," quarterback Eli Manning said on Tuesday, the day before the Giants began organized team activities. "They do great work. They picked a great day, and we're having a lot of fun. You see a lot of teammates out here; some of them it's the first time ever playing golf. But this is my 12th year being out here and I'm playing with the Toyota guys today. It's been a lot of fun."
"It's a great event," said Allison Stangeby, the Giants' vice president of community and corporate relations. "The day is beautiful. I normally have rain on this day, but it was gorgeous. And what's great about this is that it helps us raise money for the Giants Foundation and that allows us to contribute to different non-profit organizations in the Tri-State Area. This year we're going to try and focus a little bit more on youth football initiatives to continue to get the kids back to playing healthy football."
Meanwhile, where there are athletes, there is competition. And the year of Odell Beckham Jr. continued.
The Giants' wide receiver and reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, who was partnered with a group from Morgan Stanley, won the par-71 West Course. On the South Course, the group from Giants Stadium LLC took home top honors.
And then there was the round within the round.
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh, kicker Josh Brown, fullback Henry Hynoski and quarterback Ryan Nassib competed in a "closest to the pin" challenge on the 10th hole of the West Course. The veteran Brown won the mini-contest, coming within 16 feet of the pin, while Pugh was second at just inside 18 feet.
"The day went really well," Brown said. "I'm really happy to be out here to support the foundation, our ownership and the Giants organization, to be able to just lend our time to meet sponsors and meet people that really support the Giants that are big fans, and just have the opportunity to play this great course. It's a great day for everybody."
Photos from the 24th Annual New York Giants Invitational Golf Classic