WELCOME TO THE RABBITS SECTION

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RABBITS GOLFERS

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 – 21 and the other in the range 21.1 – 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 there 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 handicap of 15.5 or more

How to Join ?

You can become an annual Member or Associate member of the Section by paying £7.50 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 £7.50 to any Committee member below.

In addition to taking part in the competitions below, you will be entered in a monthly draw where 2 members will win £20 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

Any Questions ?

If you have a suggestion, want more information or have a query that is not answered by this page, please email us on rabbits@bingleystivesgc.com.

The Section is governed our Rules and Guidance which can be viewed in the Club Docs – Rabbits section of Club V1.

RABBITS NEWS

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 Kevin Hart and Chris Johnson who both receive £20 credited to their pro shop accounts. A list of previous winners is displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board and in the Ladies locker room.

The Annual General Meeting of the Rabbits Section was held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at 6.30pm. The minutes can be viewed in the Club Docs – Rabbits section of Club V1. 

The meeting started with the presentation of trophies for the 2023 season to the following winners. Congratualtions to all.

Tony O’Melia Challenge Trophy                                    Ian Woods

John Stead Memorial Trophy                                        Anthony Rape

Rabbits Captains Shield, Division 1                              Tony Teale

Rabbits Captains Shield, Division 2                              Ron Kendall

Rabbits Presidents Cup                                                   Chris Davey

Rabbits Officers Trophy                                                  John Raybould

Buck Rabbit Shield – Rabbits                                         Roy Kilvington 

Buck Rabbit Plate – Associates                                      David Scott

Thwaites Trophy                                                              Roy Kilvington

Don Marshall Memorial Trophy (Order of Merit)   Roy Kilvington

Rabbit of the Year                                                           Roy Kilvington     

    RABBITS RESULTS

    Buck Rabbit, 2nd July – the winners were Malcolm Clapham (Division 1) with 27 points, Philip Cutting (Division 2) with 27 points, and Christine Knowles (Associates) with 26 points and Jennifer Butterfield runner-up on 25 points. The 2s club of £65 was won by Brian O’Neill and Peter Edmondson. All four qualify for the Buck Rabbit Final on 1st October.

    John Stead Memorial Trophy, 30th June – the winners were Tony Teale (Division 1) with 40 points, Mark Fairbrass (Division 2) with 40 points and Carl O’Neill (Associates) with 39 points from Camren Warrington as runner-up with 36 points. Mark Fairbrass wins the trophy on back 9 countback. The 2s club of £49 was shared by 3 players. Jason Mills won nearest the pin.

    YRGA Thornton Trophy, 17th June – David Steel and Andrew Hudson represented the Rabbits and scored 24 points apiece, finishing 128th and 129th out of 161 players

    O’Melia Challenge, 16th June – the winners were Eddie McBrien (Division 1) with 36 points, Ian Woods (Division 2) with 39 points and Carl O’Neill (Associates) with 40 points. Ian Woods wins the trophy again. The 2s club was shared by 5 players.

    Buck Rabbit, 4th June – the winners in wet and windy conditions were Sean Kirkley (Division 1) with 26 points, Russ Tetley (Division 2) with 24 points, and Paul Topham (Associates) with 30 points and Liam Convery runner-up on 25 points. The 2s club of £39 was won by Paul Topham. All four qualify for the Buck Rabbit Final on 1st October.

    Buck Rabbit, 7th May – the winners were Graham Sugden (Division 1) with 26 points, Michael Rewilak (Division 2) with 28 points, and Joe Foster (Associates) with 27 points and Brian Brooks runner-up on 27 points. The 2s club of £70 was swon by Brian O’Neill. All four qualify for the Buck Rabbit Final on 1st October.

    Rabbits v Seniors, 17th April – this inaugural friendly match was well supported by 32 players, 16 per side. With all scores to count, it was won by the Seniors by a narrow 10 point margin

    Buck Rabbit, 2nd April – the winners were Rory Sharp (Division 1) with 27 points, Mike Burnham (Division 2) with 29 points, and Pete Edmondson (Associates) with 28 points and Mick Beetham runner-up on 27 points. The 2s club of £47 was shared by 6 players. All four qualify for the Buck Rabbit Final on 1st October.

    Winter Buck Rabbit, 17th March – the winners were Graham Sugden (Division 1) with 31 points, Jeffrey Driver (Division 2) with 29 points and Neil Butler (Associates) with 29 points. The 2s club of £32 was shared by 4 players

    Winter Buck Rabbit, 18th February – the winners were Andrew Hudson (Division 1) with 30 points, Ron Kendall (Division 2) with 28 points and Mick Fordham (Associates) with 31 points and Chris Shaw runner-up on 27 points. The 2s club of £47 was won by Eddie Robinson (drinks on him !).

    Winter Buck Rabbit, 26th November – the winners were Rory Sharp (Division 1) with 28 points, Jeffrey Driver (Division 2) with 28 points and Robert Foulds (Associates) with 29 points and David Faulkner runner-up on 27 points. The 2s club of £46 was won by Andy Foster.

    Winter Buck Rabbit, 29th October – played over 18 holes, the winners were Rory Sharp (Division 1) with 42 points, Max Tasker (Division 2) with 45 points and Jack Carney (Associates) with 42 points and Mick Laybourne runner-up on 39 points. Nearest the pin was Andy Foster 3m 37.

    Shipley Challenge, 15th October – Bingley St Ives gained a draw 3 matches all in this annual 4BBB matchplay “friendly” at Shipley GC, resulting in BSIGC retaining the trophy for the first time since 2004. Congratulations to the winning pairs Graham Sugden & Allan Burns, David Steel and Andrew Hudson, Ron Kendall and Mark Fairbrass and well done to the others who played – John Pilkington & Roy Kilvington, Graham Buttrick & Alan Thornber and Ronnie Dawson & John Barrott. This trophy has been contested annually since 1989 with Bingley narrowly ahead by 16 wins to Shipley’s 13.

    Thwaites Trophy final – the winner of this singles knockout competition is Roy Kilvington who beat Graham Buttrick 5 & 3.

    Buck Rabbit Final, 1st October – this single stableford trophy competition was won by Roy Kilvington of the Rabbits qualifiers with 39 points and David Scott with 40 points for the Associate members who qualified. Runners-up were Mike Burnham for the Rabbits with 36 points and Stewart Mitchell for the Associates with 36 points

    Rabbits Captain’s Trophy, 17th September the winners and runners-up were Division 1 – Tony Teale (37 points) and Andrew Hudson (34 points), Division 2 – Ron Kendall (37 points) and Haldane Blues (37 points), and Associates – Warwick French (39 points) and Anthony Rape (38 points). Ron Kendall wins the trophy on a countback from Tony Teale. David Short won nearest the pin. The 2s Club of £39 was shared by 5 players.

    Headingley Challenge, 13th September – Bingley St Ives won this annual 4BBB matchplay “friendly” at Headingley GC by 3 matches to 1 with 2 draws, resulting in the trophy being retained. Well done to the winning pairs of John Raybould & Andrew Flaherty, Eddie Robinson & David Steel, Graham Sugden & Tony Viqueira, and to those who drew Mick Fordham & Ray White and Mark Fairbrass & John Musto.

    Buck Rabbit, 5th Septemberthe winners were Roy Kilvington (Division 1) with 26 points, Andrew Orrah (Division 2) on 30 points and Anthony Rape (Associates) with 26 points and Mick Fordham runner-up on 24 points. All 4 qualify for the Buck Rabbit final on 1st October. As Roy Kilvington has already qualified, Julian Wood also qualifies as runner-up. The 2s club of £35 was shared by Brian Gomersall and Phil Cutting.

    Rabbits Officers Trophy, 1st September – this single stableford competition was won by John Raybould with 38 points from Gary Knapton on 36.

    Rabbits v Ladies, 30th August – teams of 18 (a record number) competed in this annual 4BBB stableford format over 12 holes for the Clare Lyness trophy which the Ladies narrowly retained by a total of 227 to 225 points. Congratulations to the Ladies Section.

    Rabbits Presidents Cup, 13th August – the winners were Andrew Hudson (Division 1) with 38 points, Chris Davey (Division 2) with 41 points and Deborah Buttrick (Associates) with 40 points and Richard Maddocks as runner-up on 38 points. Chris Davey wins the trophy. Craig Robinson won the 2s Club of £47 and Nick Jarvis won nearest the pin.

    Rabbits Captain’s Trip – 36 Rabbits and Associates members enjoyed the trip to Low Laithes GC near Wakefield in good weather. The winners were Mark Fairbrass (Rabbits), Julie Steel (Ladies) and David Short (Gents Associates). The winning team were David Short, Bob Dearnley, Ron Kendall & Sam Harvey / ghost.

      RABBITS COMPETITIONS – 2024

      Trophy competitions – the Rabbits Section runs stableford competitions on Sundays throughout the season, including a Finals Day and Officers Trophy held at the end of the season. Details and dates of all competitions are listed below. You can enter via the normal Club V1 tee booking system. The entry fee will be automatically deducted from your club card account and prizes will be awarded as credits to your pro shop account.

      • O’Melia Challenge, Sunday 16th June – single stableford competition with pro shop credit prizes to the winners of all 3 Divisions, plus 2s club
      • John Stead Memorial Trophy, Sunday 30th June – single stableford competition with pro shop credit prizes to the winners of all 3 Divisions, plus 2s club
      • Rabbits Presidents Cup, Sunday 21st July – single stableford competition with pro shop credit prizes to the winners and runners-up of all 3 Divisions, plus 2s club and nearest the pin
      • Rabbits Captains Trophy, Sunday 18th August – single stableford competition with pro shop credit prizes to the winners and runners-up of all 3 Divisions, plus 2s club and nearest the pin
      • Rabbits Officers Trophy, Sunday 12th September – single stableford competition for present and previous members of the Rabbits Committee
      • Rabbits Finals Day, Sunday 29th September – single stableford competitions for the winners and runners-up of the respective Rabbits and Associates divisions in the monthly Buck Rabbit competitions

      Buck Rabbit competitions – played on the first Tuesday of every month as a single stableford over the first 12 holes, plus a 2s club. The winners of each Division receive prizes as pro shop credits and go forward to the Buck Rabbit Final (above), as does the runner-up in the Associates Division. In addition, Buck Rabbit competitions are played on Sundays throughout the winter between the Winter Grand Prix competition dates, assuming the course is playable. The club’s Competition Secretary will issue planned dates when announcing the Winter Grand Prix schedule

      Thwaites Trophy knockout competition – the Section also runs a matchplay knockout competition for the Thwaites Trophy. You can enter via the Knockouts menu option on the Club V1 app. The club’s Competition Secretary will confirm when this and other club knockout competitions are available to enter. The entry fee will be automatically deducted from your club card account. Prizes as pro-shop credits are awarded to the winner and runner-up (£40 & £20)

      Don Marshall Order of Merit – points are awarded to Rabbits golfers for all competitions in accordance with the Rules and a running leaderboard is displayed on the Rabbits Section notice board in the gents locker room. The leading player  at the end of the season will receive the Don Marshall Memorial Trophy and a monetary prize in pro shop account credits.

      Rabbits Captain’s Trip – is to Pontefract Golf Club on Friday 22nd August. Further details to be given nearer the time.

      Friendly matches – the Section organises friendly matches at home and away with other clubs in the district, where you only pay for the after-match meal. If you wish to play, please confirm your availability for each match in the Club Teams menu option of the Club V1 app. The Rabbits Vice Captain will contact you regarding selection. This year the matches arranged are –

      • Rabbits v Seniors (for bragging rights) on Wednesday 17th April at 11.30 with a buffet after
      • Scarcroft GC (home) on Wednesday 22nd May at 1.00pm
      • Cleckheaton GC (home) on Wednesday 29th May at 4.00pm
      • Cleckheaton GC (away) on Wednesday 10th July at 4.00pm
      • Bradford (Hawksworth) GC (away) on Tuesday 23rd July at 2.00pm
      • Scarcroft GC (away) on Thursday 22nd August at 1.00pm
      • Rabbits v Ladies for the Clare Lyness trophy on Wednesday 28th August at 3.30pm
      • Headingley Challenge v Headingley GC (home) on Thursday 5th September at 1.00pm
      • Shipley Challenge v Shipley GC (home) on Sunday 22nd September at 1.00pm

      BRDGA / YRGA League and knockout matches – as a member of both Rabbits Associations, the Section participates in League matches against other teams of the Bradford & District league, which has 4 Divisions with promotion and relegation at the end of every season. Matches are played home and away every Thursday from 5.00pm and the result notified to the League Secretary that evening. If you wish to play, please confirm your availability for each match in the Club Teams menu option of the Club V1 app. The Rabbits Captain will contact you regarding selection.

      The Section also enters 2 teams (A & B) in the respective foursomes knockout competitions run by the BRDGA and YRGA for the Chippendale Trophy and Fowler Trophy. If you wish to be considered for selection, please contact the Rabbits Captain.

         RABBITS COMMITTEE AND RULES

        If you wish to speak with or join the Committee, please get in touch with any of the members for 2024 listed below

        Andrew Flaherty – President and Competition Secretary

        David Steel – Captain

        Roy Kilvington – Vice Captain

        John Barrott – Secretary

        Eddie McBrien – Treasurer 

        Graham Buttrick

        Alan Thornber

        Hilary Kendall

        Mark Fairbrass

        The Committee Meeting dates for 2023 are – 

        Tuesday 30th January @ 5.30pm

        Tuesday 9th April @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 14th May @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 18th June @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 16th July @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 13th August @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 3rd September @ 6.30pm

        Tuesday 22nd October @ 6.30pm

        AGM – Tuesday 3rd December at 6.30pm

        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