Rising golf star, Celia Barquin Arozamena, has been found dead on a course in Iowa. Picture: AP
Rising golf star, Celia Barquin Arozamena, has been found dead on a course in Iowa. Picture: AP

Rising golf star found dead on course

A TOP university golfer in the US has been found dead on a course after being assaulted - and a man has been charged with her murder, authorities said.

Spanish native Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, was discovered at the Coldwater Links golf course on Monday morning, the Des Moines Register reported.

Golfers said they noticed a gym bag on the course with no one around it. Authorities found Arozamena's body "some distance away" from the bag, reports the New York Post.

 

Celia Barquin Arozamena played for Iowa State University. Picture: AP
Celia Barquin Arozamena played for Iowa State University. Picture: AP

The golf champ, who played out of Iowa State University, had been assaulted and died as a result, Ames police said, without elaborating. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

Collin Richards was arrested early on Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Arozamena's slaying.

Reports suggested Richards was homeless.

Celia Barquin Arozamena was considered a rising star in golf. Picture: AP
Celia Barquin Arozamena was considered a rising star in golf. Picture: AP

 

Collin Richards has been charged in the killing of the young golfer. Picture: AP
Collin Richards has been charged in the killing of the young golfer. Picture: AP

The up-and-coming athlete and civil engineering student had been the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. She was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek and was the university's career leader in stroke average.

She was a "talented student-athlete and an acclaimed golfer with a bright future," ISU president Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement.

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

Coach Christie Martens said Arozamena was a "beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends."

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

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

Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff and Story County Attorney Jessica A. Reynolds, spoke to the media after the tragic killing. Picture: AP
Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff and Story County Attorney Jessica A. Reynolds, spoke to the media after the tragic killing. Picture: AP

Arozamena's death comes just months after another Iowan, Mollie Tibbetts, was killed while out for a jog.

Mexican farm worker Cristhian Bahena Rivera has been charged with her death.

 

This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.



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