An Iowa State University student majoring in horticulture is now considered the top turfgrass student in the nation. 22-year-old Marcus Jones has just won the Mendenhall Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America which includes a six-thousand dollar scholarship. Jones says he’s stunned.Jones is an Ottumwa native who went to high school in Centerville. He plans to graduate in December and head right into graduate school at I-S-U to get his master’s degree in turfgrass management. Jones loves to golf and says he has a knack for making grass grow so the career path seemed natural.From January through May this year, Jones did an internship as part of the grounds crew at Augusta National in Georgia, site of the Master’s Tournament.
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