Ex-Iowa State player found dead on course; suspect charged

AMES, Iowa – A former Iowa State University golfer was found dead in a golf course Monday, and a man was indicted for murder.

The police said in a press release that the 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena was Monday found dead in Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, and officers determined she had died after being attacked. They said the 22-year-old Daniel Collin Richards was charged with first-degree murder.

More details about the incident were not immediately available. The police said Richards has no known address.

Police were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m., Monday, after golf enthusiasts will find a golf bag with no one around. The officials in a body a certain distance from the bag.

Barquin Arozamena was 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said the resident 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 talented players in the Cyclone golf history, the university said. 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 Arozamena, 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.

Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that they were “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death” of the 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 press release that the Barquin Arozamena was “loved by her colleagues and friends” and an “excellent representative of our school.”

“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life,” Martens said.

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