Ryder Cup officials approached Barquin
Arozamena's family to discuss a tribute and were told her
favorite color was yellow.
"It was very sad when we found out," fellow Spaniard Sergio
Garcia said on Wednesday.
"My dad spoke to her uncle, and it was very sad when we found
out on Tuesday morning (last week) in Portugal, for many
reasons, not only because she was way too young, but she was
just too nice of a person, and the way it happened.
"Unfortunately these things happen in the world, and nowadays,
more than ever. It's sad. But I guess the only thing we can do
is pay a great tribute to her and make sure that her family
feels proud of us, and I know they feel proud of her."
The 22-year-old Barquin Arozamena was a leading amateur based at
Iowa State University and had hoped to turn professional. Police
have charged a man with first degree murder.
"We want to try to win the Cup for Europe, for everyone, for our
team mates, but obviously with the passing of Celia, it's an
extra effort there," Garcia added.
"We're obviously touched by it. Hopefully we can make sure that
the family are proud."
European captain Thomas Bjorn voiced similar thoughts during his
news conference on Tuesday. "The golfing family extends way
beyond what we are trying to do this week," he said.
"She was such a great prospect for the game of golf but also a
(Reporting by Mitch Phillips; Editing by John O'Brien)
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