22-year-old former Iowa State golfer found dead on course, suspect charged with 1st degree murder
AMES, Iowa -- A former Iowa State University golfer was found dead at a golf course Monday, and a man was charged with murder.
said in a news release that 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena was
found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and officers
determined she had died after being assaulted. They said 22-year-old
Collin Daniel Richards was charged with first-degree murder.
Additional details about the incident weren't immediately available. Police said Richards has no known address.
were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. Monday after golfers
found a golf bag with no one around it. Officers found a body some
distance from the bag.
Barquin Arozamena was the 2018 Big 12
champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said
the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil
engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at
Iowa State in 2017-2018.
She was one of the most accomplished
players in Cyclone golf history, the university said. In April, she
became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors
at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship.
She did it with a three-shot victory.
Barquin Arozamena, who was
ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with
a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team
honors for the third time - the second player in Iowa State's history to
She became the third Cyclone women's golfer to compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship, the university said.
State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that
she was "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death" of Barquin
Arozamena, describing her as a "dedicated civil engineering student" and
an "acclaimed golfer with a bright future."
Head women's golf
coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin Arozamena was
"loved by all her teammates and friends" and was an "outstanding
representative of our school."
"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life," Martens said.