Man charged with murder of Spanish golfing champion Celia Barquin in the USA

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MURDERED: Spanish golfer. Photo credit : European Golf Association / Twitter / @EGA_golf

POLICE in the United States of America have charged a man with murder just hours after finding the body of Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena on a course in Iowa.

Barquin, aged 22, and originally from Puente San Miguel in northern Spain, was a prominent golfer who won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July of this year.

She was studying civil engineering at Iowa State University and had established herself as a leading light in sports on campus being awarded Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.

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On Monday a group of golfers alerted authorities after they came across an abandoned set of clubs in the middle of the golf course at the Coldwater Golf Links in Ames.

Celia’s body was discovered by police a short distance away.

The Iowa police determined that Barquin had died following an assault and have already arrested suspect Colin Daniel Richards, 22, charging him with the murder of Celia Barquín.

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