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Young European Golf Champion Celia Barquín Killed In US

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Young European Golf Champion Celia Barquín Killed In US

A man has been charged with murder after leading Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course on Monday. She was a student at Iowa State University

It has paid rich tribute the European champion golfer.

According to CNN, "The body of the 22-year-old, who was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, was discovered 'some distance' from an unattended golf bag at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa."

Ames Police statement said Barquin had been "assaulted."

Police have charged 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards, of no known address, with first-degree murder.

Barquín was originally from Puente San Miguel in Spain, and was finishing a degree in civil engineering this semester, according to the university.

During her time in the US, she rose to fame as a young golfer and was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. Sh e had to skip the first few weeks of university life in Iowa while taking part in the Youth Olympic Games in China, reports the BBC.

Her successful amateur career reached its zenith when she won the European Ladies Amateur Championship less than two months before her death.

Barquín shot a course-record 63 at Slovakia's Penati Golf Resort in the third round on her way to a one-shot victory.