NEWARK, Del. – University of Delaware men’s golf graduating senior Kieran Purcell earned the Mike Keogh Award for the team’s lowest scoring average while classmate Blaine Lafferty received the Charlie Horn Grinder Award.

Purcell received the inaugural Mike Keogh Award, named for the Blue Hens’ head coach from 2001-17. Purcell was the only UD golfer to appear in all 11 tournaments this year, averaging a team-best 74.28 shots per round. The team’s Most Valuable Player, Purcell tied for seventh place at the Cornell Invitational and tied for eighth at the ODU Outer Banks Intercollegiate. He paced the team with four top-10 finishes during the season, and his 74.63 career scoring average is the third lowest in UD history.

Lafferty earned his second Grinder Award, after also receiving the honor as a freshman in 2015. He competed in all but one tournament for Delaware this year, ranking fourth on the team with a 75.43 average round. Lafferty led the Blue Hens by tying for seventh place at the Bash at the Beach Tournament, and also was UD’s top finisher when he tied for 16th place at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate. Additionally, he posted top-20 finishes at the Manor Intercollegiate and Wildcat Invitational.

The Grinder Award is presented by former Blue Hens standout golfer and program contributor Charlie Horn. Charlie was a three-year letterwinner for head coach Scotty Duncan in 1971-75, and served as co-captain of the 1975 squad that placed second at the Eastern Championships.