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 pandemic and advice from golf’s governing bodies, the BDRGA and YRGA postponed all Rabbits league, knockout and team fixtures from 2020 to 2021. Owing to the scale of cancelled fixtures, last year the Rabbits Committee decided to suspend membership of the Section for the 2020 season, including suspending the monthly draws. Anyone who joined in 2020 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 monthly Rabbits Section draws resumed in August 2021. The winners for September are David Short and Mark Wilcock 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.
Don Marshall Memorial Trophy – this Order of Merit trophy for the best overall Rabbit golfer in all competitions this year has been won by Dave Priestley by 1 point from Andrew Flaherty as runner-up. The full league table results are on the Rabbits notice board in the gents locker room.
Thwaites Trophy – was narrowly won by Andrew Flaherty 2 & 1 against Dave Priestley in the final of this knockout competition.
Buck Rabbit Final – was won by Trevor Jones (38 points) with Paul Risdon runner-up (36 points). The Associates final was won by Hilary Kendall (38 points) from Tony Teale (36 points)
Rabbits Officers’ Trophy – was narrowly won by John Barrott with 34 points on a countback with Andrew Flaherty.
Headingley Challenge – BSIGC draw this annual match 3-3 and therefore retain the trophy.
Shipley Challenge – in this annual 4BBB matchplay match played at Shipley on 19th September, the home club won handsomely by 5 matches to 1. Andrew Flaherty and David Steel were the only winning pair from BSIGC.
BDRGA Team Championship – in this competition on 12th September at The Manor, with 3 of the 4 scores counting the team of John Raybould, John Barrott, Gary Knapton and Martin Ball scored a total of 92 points coming 13th out of 17 teams who entered. A further 7 eligible clubs did not enter a team.
September Buck Rabbit – Mick Beetham won Division 1 with 25 points, Jeff Driver won Division 2 with 27 points and Dave Scott won the Associates Division with 26 points. All 3 winners qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 26th September.
Rabbits Captains Trophy – in this rearranged single stableford competition held on 5th September, Ian White won the Trophy with 37 points. As a Club stableford competition took place at the same time, the normal divisions did not apply.
Rabbits v Ladies – in this annual match played over 12 holes on 1st September, the Rabbits team of 12 won with a total score of 160 against the Ladies total score of 137, thus retaining the Clare Lyness trophy.
Rabbits Presidents Cup – in this single stableford competition on 22nd August, Gary Knapton won Division 1 with 38 points, Jamie Gott won the Trophy and Division 2 with 43 points, and Brian Brooks won the Associates Division with 42 points where Eddie Hodgson was runner-up with 39 points. 7 players shared the 2s club winning £8.28 each. Nearest the pin was won by Criag Robinson who wins a box of 12 golf balls. The full results are available on HowDidiDo.
August Buck Rabbit – Ian Hartley won Division 1 with 30 points, Gordon Evans won Division 2 with 29 points and Philip Yates won the Associates Division with 27 points. All 3 winners qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 26th September. 5 players shared the roll-over 2s club winning £20.40 each.
Rabbits Captains Trip – 38 players made an enjoyable visit to Harrogate Golf Club on 20th July in high temperatures. David Steele won the Rabbits prize, Lee Kee Dearnley won the Ladies prize and David Dawson won the Associates prize. Eddie McBrien won nearest the pin. The team prize went to Lee Kee Dearnley, David Steele, David Dawson and Andrew Flaherty.
O’Melia Challenge – in this stableford competition played on 18th July, Ben Nattrass won Division 1 and the trophy with 39 points, Graham Buttrick won Division 2 with 37 points and Jacob Purcell won the Associates Division with 42 points.
July Buck Rabbit – Paul Risdon won Division 1 with 26 points, Keith Atkinson won Division 2 with 25 points and Tony Teale won the Associates Division with 28 points. All 3 winners qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 26th September. No 2s were scored and therefore the fund will be included in the August Buck Rabbit
June Buck Rabbit – Gary Knapton won Division 1 with 26 points, Trevor Jones won Division 2 with 28 points and Hilary Kendall again won the Associates Division with 29 points. All 3 winners qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 26th September. The only winner of the 2s club was Paul Dowd who received the full pot of £61 – a new record.
John Stead Memorial – in this stableford competition played on 30th May, Gary Knapton won Division 1 with 38 points, Peter Healey won Division 2 with 39 points and Jacob Purcell won the Associates Division with 39 points from Joe Foster as runner-up
May Buck Rabbit – Brian Gomersall won Division 1 with 22 points, David Kind won Division 2 with 25 points and Hilary Kendall won the Associates Division with 26 points. All 3 winners qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 26th September. In the 2s club, Ronnie Dawson and Dave Scott won £22.50 each. Full results are posted on the notice boards
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. Unfortunately both teams lost in round 2 at Clayton and Halifax Ogden respectively.
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. Unfortunately they did not win through the next round at home to Bradley Park.
BDRGA League – to view the league results, please go to the BDGRA website (link above). select League, Fixtures, Division C.
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 place from May to September.
We also enter a team of 3 in the BDRGA league matches and 2 teams in the respective BDRGA and YRGA Chippendale and Fowler foursomes knockout competitions.
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) Postponed to August 17th at 2.30pm
Thursday 15th July, 5.00pm – South Bradford (away)
Sunday 19th September, 10.20am – Shipley Challenge (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
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 22nd June at 6.30pm
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