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 caused by the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak and advice from golf’s governing bodies, the BDRGA and YRGA cancelled all Rabbits league, knockout and team fixtures in 2020, postponing these to 2021. The friendly matches with Bradford (Hawkesworth) GC at home on 26th May, at Skipton on 23rd June and at South Bradford on 23rd July 2020 have been postponed to 2021. The Rabbits Captains Trip on 4th June 2020 and Rabbits Captains Day on 28th June 2020 were cancelled. The match vs. the Ladies on 26th August took place, as did the “challenges” at home to Headingley and Shipley in September 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
The winners of the 18 hole Buck Rabbit competition played on 27th September were Andrew Slack (Div 1) on 39 points, John Barrott (Div 2) on 37 points and Eddie Hodgson (Associates) on 39 points with Adam Broadbent as runner-up on 37 points. The 2s club of £47 was shared by Eddie Hodgson (twice), Adam Broadbent, Nicholas Kelly, Richard Maddocks, Carl O’Neill and Chris Robinson. The full results can be seen on HowDidiDo and on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room.
The annual matchplay Shipley Challenge took place at home on 20th September and was narrowly won 3.5 matches to 2.5 by BSIGC who regained the trophy. Congratualtions go to Mick Fordham, Graham Sugden, Trevor Jones, Andy Flaherty, Richard Norris, Matt Dyson, Ray White, Roy Carney, John Pilkington. Mike Rewilak, John Raybould and John Barrott.
The annual matchplay Headingley Challenge, with teams from the Rabbits and 8-15 sections, took place at home on 16th September. BSIGC won emphatically by 5 matches to 1 and took the trophy for the first time since its inception 3 years ago. Congratualtions go to Ray White, Alan Pickles, Tony Viqueira, Mick Fordham, John Pilkington, Rob Scott, Roy Kilvington. David Smith, Ian Hartley, Brian O’Neill, Graham Sugden and Jez Hayhurst.
The winners of the September Buck Rabbit on 1st September were Andrew Chapman (Div 1) with 26 points, Gordon Evans (Div 2) with 27 points and Rob Scott (Associates) with 25 points on a countback from Brian Brooks and Matt Eagle. The 2s club of £37 was shared by Beverley Blues, Brian Brooks and Simon Butterfield. The full results are displayed in the gents and ladies locker rooms
The annual match with the Ladies for the Clare Lyness trophy took place on 26th August over 12 holes after heavy rain. Both teams raised 14 players – more than previous years. The Rabbits narrowly won with an aggregate score of 284 points, narrowly beating the Ladies on 273. The highest combined scores were 48 by Diane Rigby and Sara Scott and 47 by John Raybould and Gary Knapton. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the match and the Ladies vowed to win next year.
The winners of the August Buck Rabbit on 4th August were John Richardson (Div 1), Ray White (Div 2) and Diane Rigby (Associates) with Tony Viqueira runner up. The 2s club of £57 was shared by Diane Rigby, John Richardson, Carl O’Neill, John Hobson, Malcolm Clapham and Ben Nattrass. The full results are displayed in the gents and ladies locker rooms. A brief reminder that players entering must be members of the Rabbits Section – see above.
The winners of the July Buck Rabbit competition played on 7th July were John Hobson (Div 1), Roy Carney (Div 2) and Tony Viqueira (Associates). The runners up, all on countbacks, were Brian Brooks (Associates), John Hagerty (Div 1) and Michael Kennedy (Div 2) who also receive a share of the prize money. The 2s club of £57 was shared by Tony Viqueira, Roy Carney and Jeff Driver. The full results are displayed on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room.
Winter Buck Rabbit competitions took place on Sundays 5th January, 19th January and 16th February 2020 but the adverse weather prevented further dates.
- The winners of the Winter Buck Rabbit competition played in on 2nd February were Luke Wilcock (Associates), Matthew Milburn (Div 1) and Mark Wilcock (Div 2). The 2s club fund of £26 was shared by 2 players.
- The winners of the Winter Buck Rabbit competition played in on 19th January in frosty conditions were Michael Fordham (Associates), David Short (Associates runner up), John Hagerty (Div 1) and Neil McKay (Div 2). The 2s club fund of £37 was shared by 2 players.
- The winners of the Winter Buck Rabbit competition played on 5th January were Nick Jarvis (Associates), Mike Burnham (Div 1) and Ray White (Div 2). The 2s club fund of £40 was shared by 5 players.
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 2020 –
Sunday 29th March – March Hare 4BBB. Cancelled
Sunday 24th May – John Stead Memorial – Single Stableford Cancelled
Thursday 4th June – Rabbits Trip to Harrogate (Starbeck) Golf Club Cancelled
Sunday 14th June – Tony O’Melia Challenge – Single Stableford Cancelled
Sunday 28th June – Rabbits Captain’s Day – Single Stableford Cancelled
Sunday 23rd August – Rabbits President’s Cup – Single Stableford Cancelled
Wednesday 26th August – Clair Lyness Trophy vs the Ladies
29th September -Buck Rabbit Final
April – September – Thwaites Trophy knockout matchplay competition Cancelled
April – 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 26th May, 2.30pm – Bradford (home) Cancelled
Tuesday 23rd June – Skipton (away) Cancelled
Thursday 23rd July – South Bradford (away) Cancelled
Wednesday 16th September – Headingley Challenge (home)
Sunday 20th September – Shipley 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
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 to be announced
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