Celia Barquín Arozamena

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Celia Barquín Arozamena
Personal information
Born(1996-07-06)6 July 1996
Puente San Miguel, Reocín, Cantabria, Spain
Died17 September 2018(2018-09-17) (aged 22)
Ames, Iowa, U.S.
Nationality Spain
CollegeIowa State University
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenCUT: 2018
Women's British OpenDNP
Evian ChampionshipDNP

Celia Barquín Arozamena (6 July 1996 – 17 September 2018) was a Spanish amateur golfer. She won the 2018 European Ladies Amateur Championship.


Barquín was born in Puente San Miguel [es] and educated in Torrelavega and then in Madrid. She spent two years in a residential training programme run by the Spanish Sports Council before moving to the United States,[1] where she was a member of the Iowa State Cyclones women's golf team from 2014 to 2018 and was the Iowa State University Female Athlete of the Year for 2018.[2]

She played for Spain at the 2015 and 2016 European Ladies' Team Championship, where the team finished third and second respectively.[3] She won the 2018 European Ladies Amateur Championship held at the Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia, finishing a stroke ahead of Esther Henseleit.[4][5] In the third round, she set a course record of 63.[3] She qualified for the 2018 U.S. Women's Open, where she missed the cut. In 2018, she reached Stage II of the LPGA Q-School, which is to be played in mid-October.[3]


Barquín was in her final year of a degree in civil engineering after completing her eligibility for the university golf team with the 2017–2018 season.[2] On 17 September 2018 at 10:24 a.m., the Ames Police Department were called and discovered her dead body at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.[6] Collin Richards, a 22-year-old homeless man who had been living in a homeless encampment near the golf course, was charged with her murder. He told a fellow homeless man that he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman" according to The New York Times.[2][3][7]


Barquín, the most accomplished women's golfer in Iowa State University history, was honored on Saturday, 22 September 2018, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. At 10:50 a.m. CDT (UTC−05:00), a video tribute and a moment of silence in honor of her occurred before the Iowa State vs. Akron football game. Fans wore her favorite color, yellow. Proceeds from the sale of yellow T-shirts with her initials, CBA, on the front went to the "Remembering Celia Memorial Fund". Additionally, in her honor, both the Iowa State and the Akron Zips football teams wore her initials, CBA, as a decal on their helmets and the Iowa State University Cyclone Football Varsity Marching Band formed a CBA during their routine. Posthumously, Barquín will receive a civil engineering diploma from Iowa State University.[7][8][9][10]

Prior to her death, Barquín was to receive the Iowa State female student-athlete of the year award at Jack Trice Stadium on 22 September 2018.[11][12]

2018 Ryder Cup[edit]

During the 2018 Ryder Cup, all players, both the United States and the European Union, wore yellow ribbons with her name, Celia, on them in her honor at Le Golf National.[13][14]

Remembering Celia Memorial Fund[edit]

The Remembering Celia Memorial Fund was established for the family of Barquín. All money collected will be used to honor her memory and directed to her family.[9][15]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2011 Grand Prix de Chiberta
  • 2012 Grand Prix de Chiberta
  • 2013 Grand Prix de Chiberta, Campeonato Excmo Ayto de Llanes
  • 2014 Campeonato del Principado de Asturias Absoluto
  • 2017 Copa Match Play Comunidad Valenciana
  • 2018 Big 12 Women's Championship, European Ladies Amateur Championship


Team appearances[edit]



  1. ^ Morenilla, Juan (18 September 2018). "Asesinada la golfista española Celia Barquín en un campo de golf de EE UU" [Spanish golfer Celia Barquín murdered on US golf course]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Meredith, Luke; Foley, Ryan J. (18 September 2018). "Drifter charged in stabbing death of champ golfer in Iowa". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Celia Barquín: European golf champion murdered in Iowa". BBC News. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Celia Barquin wins European Ladies' Amateur Championship". European Golf Association. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 European Ladies´Amateur Championship". European Golf Association. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  6. ^ Terrell, Laura (17 September 2018). "Golfer's 911 call led police to woman's body". KCCI. Des Moines, Iowa. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b Creglow, Zack (18 September 2018). "Iowa State football asking fans to wear yellow in honor of slain former Iowa State golfer". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, Iowa. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  8. ^ Rohlfing, Noah (18 September 2018). "Iowa State Athletics to honor Celia Barquin Arozamena on Saturday at football game". Iowa State Daily. Ames, Iowa. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b Nozicka, Luke (19 September 2018). "Memorial fund set up for family of slain Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, Iowa. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. ^ Cannon, Austin (22 September 2018). "'We're one big family': Clad in yellow, Iowa State fans show support for slain student". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  11. ^ Rowan, Jason (19 September 2018). "Iowa State football to honor murdered Cyclones golfer at Saturday's game". Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  12. ^ Williams, Chris (13 June 2018). "Iowa State names Lanning, Arozamena, athletes of the year". CycloneFanatic.com. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  13. ^ Gray, Will (25 September 2018). "Euros wearing yellow ribbons to honor slain golfer". The Golf Channel. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ Saunders, Steven (25 September 2018). "Ryder Cup players wear yellow ribbons in tribute to Celia Barquin Arozamena". ESPN. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  15. ^ Mayer, Ryan (20 September 2018). "Iowa State Announces Updated Plans To Honor Celia Barquin Arozamena". CBS 4 Miami. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Celia Barquin Arozamena". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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