Young Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena murdered on golf course in US

Rising golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena has been found dead on a course in Iowa

A man has been charged with murder after Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead on a course in Iowa.

The golf champ had been assaulted and died as a result Ames Police said, without elaborating.

Cops have since arrested Collin Daniel Richards, 22, and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with her death. She was also the reigning champion of the prestigious "Big 12" university women's golf championship.

Iowa State University President Dr Wendy Wintersteen added: 'This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete.

Ranked number 69 nationally by Golfweek, Ms Barquin Arozamena became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medallist honours at a conference tournament when she claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship in April. Found dead on the golf course, where she lived a good chunk of her life and where her future was bright.

In a release, Iowa State head women's golf coach Christie Martens expressed her deep sadness at Barquin Arozamena's death.

Police could not provide an address for Richards, who was booked in Story County Jail and held without bond.

A course closed sign sits in front of the Coldwater Golf Links course where the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena was found
A course closed sign sits in front of the Coldwater Golf Links course where the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena was found

The native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, had 16 top-10 finishes in her Iowa State career and was a three-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection. She was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester. "Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador".

Barquín won the 2018 Big 12 university championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading United States sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies' Amateur champion in July.

Barquin Arozamena will be honored at Iowa State's football game in Ames on Saturday.

"Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed", Pollard said in a statement.

Her outstanding form continued through the summer as she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open becoming only the third Cyclone in history to make the event.

In August, the 22-year-old, having exhausted her collegiate eligibility, entered Stage l of the Tour's qualifying school.

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