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. Players with a handicap index above 28 must play off a handicap of 28. 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.
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
You can become an annual Member or Associate member of the Section by paying £5 to any Committee member below or by putting your payment in a named envelope in the box within the pro shop.
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.
Following the Government restrictions and lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak and advice from golf’s governing bodies, the BDRGA and YRGA postponed all Rabbits league, knockout and team fixtures from 2020 to 2021. All away fixtures were cancelled but home matches took place, including Rabbits vs. the Ladies, the “challenges” with Headingley and Shipley and the monthly Buck Rabbit competitions in July – September 2020. The results are detailed below.
Owing to the scale of cancelled fixtures, the Rabbits Committee decided to suspend membership of the Section for the 2020 season, including suspending the monthly draws and £25 awarded for holes in one. Therefore, any members who joined in 2019 are still eligible to play in competitions this year. Anyone who joins this year will also have membership for the 2021 season. A list of current members is displayed in the gents and ladies locker room and held in the pro shop
The winners of the monthly Rabbits Section draw for March 2020 are Tony Kaye and David Kind who both 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
YRGA Fowler Trophy – in the preliminary round of Section B of this foursomes knockout competition, Mr Captain Ray White and Graham Sugden beat Masham Golf Club 5 & 3 on 22nd April. The Masham team gave very complimentary feedback about BSIGC hosting the match and the hospitality provided. The next round match is at home to Huddersfield or Bradley Park.
BDRGA Chippendale Trophy – in the first round of Section A of this foursomes competition, Mr Chairman Jim Smith and Gary Knapton won at Fulneck 1 up. In Section B, Andrew Flaherty and John Raybould won at home to South Bradford also 1 up. In round 2 they play at Clayton and Halifax Ogden respectively.
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 prizes and qualifying for the final trophy competition.
Rabbits golfers are also eligible to enter the Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition which takes places May – September.
The following fixtures have been organised for 2021 –
Sunday 30th May – John Stead Memorial – Single Stableford
Sunday 20th June – Rabbits Captain’s Day – Single Stableford
Sunday 18th July – Tony O’Melia Challenge – Single Stableford
Tuesday 20th July – Rabbits Trip to Harrogate (Starbeck) Golf Club
Sunday 22nd August – Rabbits President’s Cup – Single Stableford
Wednesday 1st September, 4.30pm – Clair Lyness Trophy vs the Ladies
Sunday 26th September – Buck Rabbit Final / Finals Day
May – September – Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition
May – September (first Tuesday) – Buck Rabbit 12 hole Stableford
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 8th June, 2.30pm – Bradford (home)
Thursday 15th July, 5.00pm – South Bradford (away)
Thursday 23rd September, 1.30pm – Headingley Challenge (away)
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
We also enter 2 teams in the Bradford & District league matches and the Bradford and Yorkshire Rabbit Associations’ knockout competitions.
RABBITS COMMITTEE AND RULES
If you wish to speak with or join the Committee, please get in touch with any of the members below
Eddie McBrien – President
John Pilkington – Captain
Andrew Flaherty – Vice Captain
John Barrott- Secretary
David Butterworth- Treasurer & Competition Secretary
The Committee Meeting dates for 2021 are –
Tuesday 20th April at 6.30pm
Thursday 20th May at 8.00pm
Tuesday 15th June at 7.00pm
Tuesday 13th July at 7.00pm
Thursday 26th August at 8.00pm
Thursday 14th October at 8.00pm
AGM – Thursday 2nd 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