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When Arnold Palmer spearheaded the launch of the US Senior Open Championships in the 1980s, it became one of the most popular events on the golfing circuit. Today, it continues to draw top players.

SA has been keen to tap into that success on local grounds, and has come up with a novel idea to attract senior golfers to a tournament that brings in wider benefits.

The SA Senior Tour has partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to create the Senior Golf Series, which offers regular games for senior players. The first tournament will raise awareness and funds for the humpback dolphin.

The series will offer R500,000 in prize money and will partner with the Golf Hall of Fame, which will host an annual induction dinner during the time that the series is played.

The SA Senior Open, the first event in the series, will be held in April 2017 in Plettenberg Bay — a perfect setting for the cause of the humpback dolphin.

Though the species is stable in terms of endangerment, it nonetheless faces the danger of extinction as its habitat comes under threat from mass fishing and shark nets.