AMES – Celia Barquín Arozamena was honored ahead of the Cyclones’ game against Akron on Saturday.
The tribute began when Iowa State players walked onto the stadium with a decal on their helmets. Tailgaters wore yellow, her favorite color.
There were pictures and a video played on a screen before a moment of silence.
Barquín, 22 and a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was killed on Monday, while she played at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. A course that sits East of Jack Trice Stadium.
According to organizers, Celia was already going to be honored on the field to celebrate her achievement of Female Athlete of the Year.
“I didn’t know her but we are all one big Cyclone family, and she deserves to be honored this way,” said Eric White, a spectator from Johnston, Iowa.
“She was such a great person and an inspirational golfer,” said one spectator.
Barquín, the Cyclones’ first Big 12 champion in 25 years, was finishing her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.
There is a memorial fund in honor of Celia. All the proceeds will go to the Barquín Arozamena family in Spain. If you wish to donate, you can write a check to the Remembering Celia Memorial Fund at the First National Bank in Ames.