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Rabbits Golf History

The idea of forming a Rabbit Golf Association was first raised by a Mr Dibb from Wetherby Golf Club. A meeting was convened by the captain of Knaresborough Golf Mr Midgely October 1937 at Knaresborough GC. Present at that inaugural meeting were representatives from Knaresborough, Oakdale, Pannal, Wetherby, Horsforth and Low Laithes.In 1938 the "West Riding Rabbit Golf Association" was formed. In 1939 arrangements were made to increase the number of clubs and have an annual competition. This was called the Thornton Trophy which is still played for today. It was donated by a Mr Thornton (Wetherby GC), who then was asked to be the first President. After the war was over a meeting was held at the Victoria Hotel in Leeds March 1946 to revive the Association. The membership that year was 15 clubs. In 1948 Bradford Area was formed and by 1954 there were 5 areas. At the AGM of 1955 it was agreed to change the name of the West Riding Golf Association to the Yorkshire Rabbit Golf Association (YRGA).

Today there 6 areas: Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, HHDRGA, Wakefield & Flamborough and 103 clubs which make up the YRGA.

The Halifax, Huddersfield & District Rabbit Golf Association was formed on May 15th 1953.

The inaugural meeting was held at the White Hart Hotel in Huddersfield.

The clubs present that day were:-

Crosland Heath, Marsden, Woodsome Hall, Meltham, Elland, Huddersfield, Longley Park and Outlane.

It took some organising by Meltham Golf Club members. Meetings with the main committee to gain approval to have a Rabbit Section and to have a Rabbits Captain. 1955 saw the fruits of their labour come to pass and the Meltham Rabbit section began its first season. The Rabbit Captain was Mr A Tinker who would do the job for 2 years. One member of the founding body is still active today and he is Chris Naylor. It has to be said he has not been a Rabbit since those days but he has been good supporter of the Rabbits Section over the years.

2004 Meltham Rabbit Section celebrated 50 years. It held an anniversary golf day open to all members. David Schofield (Rabbit Captain) donated a silver salver as a trophy on the day which would, in subsequent years be played for on Rabbit Captains Prize Day.

2008 Centenary Year the Rabbit Section had a day in which to celebrate and under the leadership of Adrian Ashworth they held a Ryder Cup challenge with the HHDRGA. The proceeds were given to the club to pay for the new sliding doors out on to the patio. In all the Rabbits raised £4400 for the club during the centenary year. From this year there will now be a new trophy (Centenary Trophy) to play for which will include restricted members too.