Murder charge laid after amateur women's golf champ found dead on Iowa course

A former Iowa State University golfer was found dead at a golf course Monday, and a man was charged with murder.

The body of Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and officers determined she had died after being assaulted, police said in a news release. 

Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, was charged with first-degree murder.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder. (Story County Sheriff/EPA)

Additional details weren't immediately available. Police said Richards has no known address.

Police 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 medallist honours 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 honours for the third time — the second player in Iowa State's history to do so.


She became the third Cyclone golfer from the university to compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship, the university said. She missed the cut at the event May 31-June 3 in Shoal Creek, Ala.

Barquin Arozamena then went on to win the European amateur women's championship in Slovakia in late July.

Iowa 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 an "outstanding representative of our school."

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."

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