22-year-old golf champion Celia Barquin Arozamena found dead on golf course; man arrested for first degree murder
Celia Barquín Arozamena had qualified for the 2018 US Women's Open in Alabama and her body was found at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa
A man was charged with the murder of European amateur golf champion Celia Barquin Arozamena after her lifeless body was found at a US golf course on Monday.
Law enforcement authorities confirmed the death of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena later in the day after her body was found at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa. Officers revealed that she reportedly died from injuries after an altercation with 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards. The suspect was subsequently charged with first-degree murder.
According to the police, Richards has no known address. Authorities are yet to release further details pertaining to the incident.
On Monday, cops received a call from golfers at around 10.20 am after they found an unattended golf bag. Upon preliminary investigation, responding officers found a body at "some distance" from the bag.
Police Chief Geoff Huff did not reveal what injuries Barquin Arozamena sustained after the assault.
"The public should be very wary right now," Huff told reporters. "Right now, all leads are important."
The 22-year-old prodigy, who is a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, had qualified for the 2018 US Women's Open in Alabama. She was also the Big 12 champion and the Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.
After exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State University in 2017-2018 and wrapping up her NCAA career in the spring, Barquin Arozamena was finishing her civil engineering degree at the time of her death, the university revealed. Iowa State called her "one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history", referring to the university's sporting nickname.
At a conference tournament in April where she claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship, the Spaniard became only the second women's golfer at Iowa State to ever earn medalist honors, The Sun reports.
In July, Barquin Arozamena won the prestigious European Ladies Amateur at the Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia.
Wendy Wintersteen, the president of the university, said she was "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death" of the golf star and described her as a "dedicated civil engineering student" and an "acclaimed golfer with a bright future."
Christie Martens, the head women's golf coach at Iowa State, said the 22-year-old was an "outstanding representative of our school."
"Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her team-mates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life," she said.
Jamie Pollard, the university's athletics director, said, "Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed."