Decorated college golfer found dead on course, man arrested for murder



Decorated college golfer found dead on course

Suspect in custody after the body of the 22-year-old former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was discovered in Coldwater Golf Links.

A 22-year-old homeless man with ‘ an urge to rape and kill a woman attacked and proved fatal for a decorated, nationally-ranked college golfer, and then left her body on a Iowa golf course, officials said.

The body of Celia Barquin Arozamena, an international student from Spain studying at Iowa State University, was found Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, police said in a press release.

The researchers said they were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m., Monday, after golf enthusiasts will find an unattended golf bag on the course. The officials of the body “some distance” and later determined the 22-year-old woman had assaulted and died as a result.

***Update*** Ames Police charged Collin Daniel Richards, a 22-year-old age with 1st Degree Murder. Keep the victim and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

— Ames Police (@AmesPolice) September 18, 2018

The police said that the investigation led them to Collin Daniel Richards, also 22, who is charged with first-degree murder.

Collin Daniel Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found in a golf course in Ames, Iowa.

(Story County Jail via AP)

In a criminal complaint, Ames Police said Barquin suffered “multiple stab wounds to the upper body, head, and neck,” the Des Moines Register reported.

Richards made his first, brief appearance in the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, on Tuesday, the newspaper. He was held on a $5 million cash bond.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said authorities believe Richards was homeless and the crime is alleged to be “a random act of violence.”

Richards was reportedly living in a tent in a temporary camp in the vicinity of the golf course and he reportedly told an acquaintance about his “urge to rape and kill a woman,” says the complaint. The police said that they recovered a knife in Richards’ possession, and noticed he had some scratches on his face and a deep laceration to his left hand.

“The state is of the opinion that he is a flight risk, believe also in him a danger to the community,” she said.

Barquin, a resident of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester, after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2012-2018, the university said.

“Celia had a smile, a sparkling personality and everyone lucky enough to know her was blessed,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”

According to the university, Barquin was one of the most talented players in the Cyclone golf history after the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.

In April, she became the second woman golfer to Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament at the claim of the 2018 Big 12 Championship. They did it with a three-shot victory.

Barquin, who was No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, finished 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 history to do this.

She was the third Cyclone women’s golfer to compete in the us Women’s Open Championship, the university said.

The team announced Tuesday was the draw of the East & West Match Play at Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and the pain of the loss.

Barquin success on the golf course also continued in Europe, where she won the European Ladies Amateur championship less than two months before her death.

According to the BBC, Barquin shot a course-record 63 in Slovakia Penati Golf Resort in the third round. They won the championship with a one-shot victory.

“We are all devastated,” Iowa State head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said. “Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved the Iowa State and was an excellent representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”

Funeral arrangements are pending for Barquin, who will be honored during the Iowa State home football game on Saturday, ESPN reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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