Syngenta And Pursell Technologies Inc. Join Forces To Preserve Golf History

Syngenta Professional Products and Pursell Technologies Inc. (PTI) recently made a significant donation to the Clearview Legacy Foundation. The contribution—totaling $35,000 plus additional in-kind donations of fertilizers and chemicals for a total value of nearly $45,000—is for the preservation, renovation and maintenance of Ohio’s Clearview Golf Course, the only golf facility in the world designed, built, owned and operated by an African-American.

“We were overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the donation, involvement and commitment from Syngenta and PTI,” said Renee Powell of Clearview. “We are thrilled that companies that serve the golf industry have stepped forward and understand the history behind the Clearview Legacy Foundation. We hope the donation will set things in motion and help raise awareness of our unique history for others in the golf industry.”

Located in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the family course of Renee Powell, one of the first African-American women on the LPGA tour, and features a program for at-risk youth, as well as other programs. Clearview's designer and owner, William Powell, 87, is overseeing all work being done at the course where his son, Larry, is the course superintendent, and his daughter, Renee, is the head professional.

In addition to being a national and state historic site, Clearview operates under the non-profit Clearview Legacy Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2001 to fund course renovations and preserve the facility due to its significance in golf and American history, and as a place for education and research.

“It is truly a privilege to know and share a common passion with the Powell family,” said David Pursell, CEO of PTI. “Clearview has a historic legacy and PTI is honored to help ensure its survival for the enjoyment and education of generations to come.”

The Powell family and Clearview provided inspiration for the Pursell family as they developed and built their own golf course, FarmLinks Golf Club. In 2001, the Pursell family officially dedicated a guest suite in Parker Lodge at FarmLinks as the “Dr. William J. Powell” suite.

Clearview and Syngenta also share a similar mission. For many years, one of the Syngenta legacy companies sponsored an Outstanding Black Scientists educational program to encourage African-American youth to pursue a career in the sciences. Later, the legacy company’s foundation was established with the specific mission of addressing the educational needs of at-risk youth.

“Syngenta, whose products have helped ensure the finest golf experiences for many years, is honored to partner with the Clearview Legacy Foundation, PTI and other industry leaders to help keep Clearview a model golf facility for recreation, education and research,” said Joe DiPaola, Ph.D., golf market manager for Syngenta. “We also wish Renee Powell every success with her youth golf program and applaud the Powell family for preserving an important part of American history.”

Syngenta and PTI join other industry leaders in support of Clearview’s $3 million fund-raising campaign in connection with its recognition as a U.S. National Historic Site, including: PGA of America; Wadsworth Golf Foundation; GCSAA; PGA Tour; LPGA; Michael Hurdzan, golf course architect who has donated his services for this renovation; Davey Tree Company of Kent, Ohio who has donated the tree planting; PGA Junior sponsor Westerfield Group of Westerfield Center, Ohio that has donated $25,000 toward course improvements; Hancor of Findlay, Ohio, which donated three truckloads of drainage pipe; Hartman of Pittsburgh, Penn., which installed endwalls to shield pond pipes; and R.W. Sidley of Painesville, Ohio, which has donated the 93 tons of sand needed for eight new bunkers.

For more information about how you or your company can contribute to the conservation of the historic Clearview Golf Course, visit or contact Renee Powell at 330-488-0404.

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