Vigil honours star golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena who was killed in Iowa

Iowa State golf team members during the vigil.

Teammates of an Iowa State University student who was killed while playing golf near the campus have lit candles at a vigil to remember the 22-year-old.

The vigil for Celia Barquín Arozamena drew a large crowd north of the Campanile, a bell tower on the Ames campus.

Several speakers, including women’s golf coach Christie Martens, talked about the star golfer from Spain.

Iowa State golf team members during the vigil Credit: AP

Barquin, an engineering student, was the Big 12 women’s golf champion this year and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year.

The golfer from Puente San Miguel, Spain, became the second women’s golfer at Iowa State to earn medallist honours at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship.

She did it with a three-shot victory.

The student's victory in the European Ladies' Amateur in Slovakia had secured her an invitation to next year's Women's British Open at Woburn.

Those who attended the vigil also signed cards for Barquin’s family.

Students during a vigil for Iowa State University student Celia Barquín Arozamena. Credit: AP

Barquin’s body was found on Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Police charged a 22-year-old homeless man who had been staying in an encampment near the golf course with first-degree murder in her stabbing death.