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Born in Reocín, a town of 3,000 people near Spain’s northern coast, Ms. Barquín Arozamena graduated from high school as one of the top junior golfers in the country. She decided to play collegiate golf in the United States and enrolled at Iowa State University in 2014, majoring in civil engineering.

She dominated on the golf course immediately, earning three top-10 finishes in tournaments and being selected for the all-Big 12 first team. She wrapped up her college eligibility last spring in dramatic fashion, winning the Big 12 Championship and then qualifying to play in the 2018 United States Women’s Open on the L.P.G.A. Tour.

“Celia had so much pride in competing for Iowa State,” Christie Martens, the women’s golf coach there, told reporters on Tuesday. “Winning the Big 12 championship for our team meant so much to her because of doing it for Iowa State.”

The Ames Police Department said that it did not know what time Ms. Barquín Arozamena was attacked on Monday, but that golfers playing behind her spotted her abandoned bag on a fairway around 10:20 a.m. With the bag’s owner nowhere to be found, the golfers reported the episode to the police.

About an hour later, officers found her body in the pond and then tracked her scent with a dog to a wooded area off the course, where they encountered the man who knew Mr. Richards from the camp.

It was not clear whether Mr. Richards, who had previous convictions in Iowa for theft, burglary and harassment, had hired a lawyer or whether he had been appointed one. Before being sentenced to prison in late 2017, he lived with his grandparents in Coon Rapids, a small town about 70 miles west of Ames.

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/us/golfer-killed-celia-barquin-arozamena.html

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