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Celia Barquín: Iowa State teams to pay tribute to golfer

The Iowa State Cyclones are among those that will sport a memorial to the 22-year-old European amateur champion, who is believed to have been murdered.

Logo con el que los equipos de la Universidad de Iowa State rendirán homenaje a Celia Barquín Arozamena.
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Iowa State University is planning a series of tributes this weekend to Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena, who is believed to have been murdered while she was practicing on the local Coldwater course in Ames in the US state.

Police in Ames subsequently detained a 22-year-old man, named as Collin Daniel Richards, who has been charged with first-degree murder after the discovery of Barquín’s body last Monday morning.

The death of the 22-year-old rising star, who was the reigning European junior champion and was last year named as Female Athlete of the Year at Iowa State, has sent shockwaves through the university and the local community.

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Richards appeared in court on Tuesday morning when a judge set a $5 million cash-only bond on the suspect, who was homeless and had been living in woods near the Coldwater course, according to local police commander Geoff Huff in quotes reported by CNN.

Barquín, who was completing a degree in civil engineering, also won the 2018 Big 12 Championship and was considered one of the brightest prospects in Spanish women’s golf after qualifying for the 2018 US Open as an amateur.

During the course of the weekend, Iowa State sports teams will wear a tribute to Barquín consisting of a red and white sticker to represent the Spanish flag with her initials. The university’s American football team, the Iowa State Cyclones who compete in the Big 12 Conference, will sport the memorial on their helmets when they play the Akron Zips on Saturday.


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