WELCOME TO THE RABBITS SECTION
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We are male golfers aged over 18 with a handicap index of 15 or more which, at Bingley St Ives, equates to a playing handicap of 17. Golfers with a handicap index of 14.9 or less and Lady golfers are also welcome to join us as Associate members.
Our Club competitions are divided into 3 Divisions according to handicap – in line with the YRGA rules below – and prizes are awarded respectively. Division 1 is for golfers with a handicap index between 15 and 19.4, Division 2 for golfers with a handicap index of 19.5 to 54, and Associates as above.
Why Rabbits ?
Our origins to back to 1937 when several clubs got together to promote social and competitive golf for higher handicap golfers. Why they were called Rabbits is unknown but it seems only to apply in Yorkshire. Today nearly 100 clubs are members of the Yorkshire Rabbits Golf Association within 6 regions across the combined county. Locally, clubs are also members of the Bradford & District Rabbits Golf Association who organise league and knockout competitions. Click the buttons below to view the Rabbits Golf Associations Websites.
Competitions – Qualifying Handicaps
To be eligible to play in YRGA competitions, Rabbit golfers must have a handicap index of 15 or more, extending to the maximum handicap of 54. Team competitions require one player within the range 15 – 19.4 and the other in the range 19.5 – 54.
To play in BDRGA competitions, Rabbit golfers must have a handicap index of 15.5 or more. This aligns with Bradford Union’s 8-15 section which has a maximum eligible handicap index of 15.4. For league matches each player in the team of 3 must have a handicap index in the respective ranges of 15.5 – 17.4, 17.5 – 20.4 and 20.5 plus. For knockout matches, the 2 players must each have a respective handicap index of 15.5 – 20.4 and 20.5 plus. For BDRGA Sunday team competitions – Presidents Cup, 18 hole and team championships – theere is a maximum playing handicap limit of 36
These rule changes have been made by the YRGA and BDRGA following the introduction of the World Handicap System by Golf England on 2nd November 2020. Previously Rabbit golfers were eligible with a playing handicap of 15.5 or more
How to Join ?
You can become an annual Member or Associate member of the Section by paying £5 through the Club V1 system using the knockout option of the Members app or the screens in the Proshop or 19th. This money will be taken from your club card. Alternatively you can put your payment in a named envelope in the box within the pro shop or pay £5 to any Committee member below. A list of current members is displayed on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room and the ladies locker room
In addition to taking part in the competitions below, you will be entered in a monthly draw where 2 members will win £15 credited to your pro shop account. We also award a credit of £25 to any member or associate member who has a hole in 1 in any official weekend qualifying club competition
Full details of Rabbits competitions, matches, members and Committee members are listed below and displayed on our notice board in the gents locker room.
The monthly Rabbits Section draw winners for March were Martin Ball and Martin Stokes who receive £15 credited to their pro shop accounts. Congratulations to both. A list of previous winners is displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board and in the Ladies locker room.
Buck Rabbit, 3rd May – the winners were Michael Fordham (Division 1) with 26 points, Philip Cutting (Division 2) with 30 points, Brian Brooks (Associates) with 28 points and Paul Dowd as runner-up with 27 points. All 4 players qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 25th September. The 2s club of £63 was shared by 6 players.
Buck Rabbit, 5th April – the winners were Neil McKay (Division 1) with 25 points, Martin Ball (Division 2) with 28 points and Andy Stead (Associates) with 28 points. All 3 winners plus the Associates runner-up Chris Johnson qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 25th September. The 2s club of £42 was shared by 4 players.
March Hare, 3rd April – this 4BBB stableford competition was won by David Steel and Andrew Flaherty with an impressive 51 points. Ron Kendall and John Barrott were runners up with 44 points. The 2s club worth £12 was shared by 2 players
Winter Buck Rabbit, 20th March – the winners were Jamie Gott (Division 1) with 29 points, Jeffrey Driver (Division 2) with 25 points and Luke Wilcock (Associates) with 27 points and Matthew Halliday as runner-up with 25 points. The 2s club worth £39 was shared by 5 players.
Winter Buck Rabbit, 6th March – the winners were Ray White (Division 1) with 24 points, Ian Woods (Division 2) with 28 points and Josh Davey (Associates) with 30 points and Ben Nattrass as runner up on 27 points. The 2s club worth £34 was won by Pete Edmondson.
Winter Buck Rabbit, 23rd January – the winners were Gary Knapton (Division 1) with 26 points, Eddie Robinson (Division 2) with 30 points and Jack Carney (Associates) with 33 points with Henry Tetley (Associates) as runner-up with 32 points. The 2s club was shared by 5 players who won £7.40 each.
Winter Buck Rabbit, 12th December – the winners were Neil McKay (Division 1) with 31 points, John Barrott (Division 2) with 29 points and Jack Carney (Associates) with 31 points. The 2s club was shared by 6 players
Winter Buck Rabbit, 14th November – the winners were Neil McKay (Division 1) with 26 points, Roy Carney (Division 2) with 28 points and Matt Eagle (Associates) with 27 points. The 2s club was won by 3 players who received £11 each.
BDRGA League – to view the league results, please go to the BDRGA website (link above). select League, Fixtures, Division D.
We run club competitions, usually on a Sunday, with pro shop voucher prizes for winning Rabbits and Associate members. These are listed below – further details and how to enter are displayed on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room.
The Buck Rabbit competition, played as a stableford over the first 12 holes, is held on the first Tuesday of every month with the winners of each Division receiving prizemoney as Pro Shop credits and qualifying for the final trophy competition. The runner-up in the Associates division also qualifies
Rabbits golfers are also eligible to enter the Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition which takes place from May to September.
We also enter a team of 3 in the BDRGA league matches and 2 teams in the BDRGA Chippendale and YRGA Fowler foursomes knockout competitions.
The following fixtures have been organised for 2022 –
Sunday 3rd April – March Hare – Fourball or Foursomes (Rabbit golfers only)
Sunday 26th June – Tony O’Melia Challenge – Single Stableford, 3 Divisions
Sunday 17th July – John Stead Memorial Challenge – Single Stableford, 3 Divisions
Wednesday 24th August, 3.30pm – Rabbits vs Ladies for the Clair Lyness Trophy
Sunday 28th August – Rabbits Captains Trophy – Single Stableford, 3 Divisions
Sunday 11th September – Rabbits President’s Cup – Single Stableford, 3 Divisions
Sunday 25th September – Buck Rabbit Final / Finals Day / Officers Trophy – Single Stableford
April – September – Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition
April – September (first Tuesday) – Buck Rabbit – Single Stableford over first 12 holes
Friendly matches, with alternate annual home and away fixtures, have been arranged with the Rabbits Sections of other local golf clubs, giving the opportunity to play sociable golf at another course free of charge, paying only for the meal afterwards. The fixtures arranged this year are –
Tuesday 31st May, 2.30pm – Bradford (Hawksworth) GC (away)
Thursday 28th July, 5.00pm – South Bradford GC (away)
Thursday 18th August, 4.30pm – Cleckheaton GC (away)
Sunday 18th September, 1.00pm – Shipley Challenge (home)
TBA – Headingley Challenge (home)
A sign-up sheet will be displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board closer to the date. Selection for away matches will give priority to those who play in the home fixtures
RABBITS COMMITTEE AND RULES
If you wish to speak with or join the Committee, please get in touch with any of the members below
John Pilkington – President and Competition Secretary
Andrew Flaherty – Captain
Gary Knapton – Vice Captain
John Barrott – Secretary
Eddie McBrien – Treasurer
The Committee Meeting dates for 2022 are –
Thursday 17th February at 8.00pm
Thursday 7th April @ 8.00pm
Tuesday 10th May @ 6.30pm
Tuesday 21st June @ 6.30pm
Thursday 14th July @ 8.00pm
Thursday 11th August @ 8.00pm
Thursday 8th September @ 8.00pm
Thursday 20th October @ 8.00pm
AGM – Thursday 1st December at 8.00pm
Membership and meeting dates are also displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board in the gents locker room
We look forward to seeing you this year on the course or in the clubhouse
Click the button above to view or download the Rulebook and Guidance document for Bingley St Ives Golf Club Rabbits Section