WELCOME TO THE RABBITS SECTION
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We are adult, male golfers with a handicap of 15.5 or more. Golfers with a handicap of 15.4 or less and Lady golfers are also welcome to join us as Associate members and participate in the competitions below
Why Rabbits ?
Our origins to back to the 1930’s 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 more than 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 Association Websites.
How to Join ?
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.
The winners of the monthly Rabbits Section draw for February are Paul Risdon and Ian Woods 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
Winter Buck Rabbit competitions will take place on Sundays 5th January, 19th January and 16th February 2020 and other Sundays if the weather allows, unless a Winter Grand Prix competition has to be rearranged on any of these dates. The format is the same as the usual Buck Rabbit competitions – stableford over the first 12 holes that are open. Players will be invited to enter the usual 2s club for £1. Money prizes will be awarded to the winner of each division – Associates (handicaps under 16 and Ladies), Division 1 (16-20 handicap) and Division 2 (21+ handicap) in proportion to the entrance monies in each division. This will be credited to the winners’ pro shop accounts.
- The winners of the Winter Buck Rabbit competition played in on 2nd February were Luke Wilcock (Associates – £17.50), Matthew Milburn (Div 1 – £8) and Mark Wilcock (Div 2 – £8). 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 – £20), David Short (Associates runner up £10), John Hagerty (Div 1 – £11) and Neil McKay (Div 2 – £11). 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 – £24), Mike Burnham (Div 1 – £14) and Ray White (Div 2 – £14). 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
Sunday 24th May – John Stead Memorial – Single Stableford
Thursday 4th June – Rabbits Trip to Harrogate (Starbeck) Golf Club
Sunday 14th June – Tony O’Melia Challenge – Single Stableford
Sunday 28th June – Rabbits Captain’s Day – Single Stableford
Sunday 23rd August – Rabbits President’s Cup – Single Stableford
Wednesday 26th August – Clair Lyness Trophy vs the Ladies
29th September -Buck Rabbit Final
April – September – Thwaites Trophyknockout matchplay competition
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)
Tuesday 23rd June – Skipton (away)
Thursday 23rd July – South Bradford (away)
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.
If you wish to join the Committee, please get in touch with any of the members below
Eddie McBrien – President
John Pilkington – Captain
Mike Phillips – Vice Captain
John Barrott- Secretary
David Butterworth- Treasurer & Competition Secretary
The Committee Meeting dates for 2020 are –
- Thursday 13th February @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 9th April @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 14th May @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 18th June @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 16th July @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 13th August @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 10th September @ 8.00pm
- Thursday 29th October @ 8.00pm
- AGM – Thursday 3rd December @ 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