Inducted November 12, 2009
Through a friendship between FarmLinks owner and family patriarch Jimmy Pursell and Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. board member W.A. “Dub” Ellis, a partnership began five years ago between Alabama 4-H and FarmLinks. It has led to the most successful fundraising event for 4-H-the Alabama 4-H Golf Classic. In the five years of the classic, more than $110,000 has been raised in proceeds, and numerous businesses and organizations have had the opportunity to learn more about 4-H because of the Pursell family’s generosity.
Founded in 1999 by the Pursell family and located at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, FarmLinks, LLC includes a one-of-a-kind research and demonstration facility-an 18 hole 7,444-yard championship golf course that is open to the public and The Experience at FarmLinks, a unique, customer-focused marketing strategy in partnership with top names and innovators in the industry. The company’s cutting-edge environment also offers high-tech meeting spaces, deluxe lodging options, and first-rate fishing and wildlife habitat with a five-stand clay shooting range and unique hunting adventures.
The Pursell family’s roots run deep in Sylacauga. Jimmy Pursell expanded the family business, which began in Sylacauga in 1904 as Sylacauga Fertilizer Company, from a company serving local cotton farmers into one providing high-tech fertilizers worldwide. David Pursell, the third child and second son of Jimmy and Chris Pursell, serves as CEO of FarmLinks, LLC and is heavily involved on the local, state, and national levels in a variety of organizations. He is also an accomplished artist and is well-known for his pencil portraits of distinguished golfers.
Nominated by Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc.