Max Bonk and Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen are named as Pacific's Outstanding Senior Athletes
Men's golfer Max Bonk and softball player Stephanie Vanoudenhaegen have been chosen as Pacific University's top athletes in the Class of 2011.
Bonk and Vanoudenhaegen were voted by the University's coaches and athletics staff as Pacific's 2011 Outstanding Senior Athletes last month. The awards were presented on May 18 during the College of Arts and Science's annual senior awards ceremony.
The two will have their names engraved on the award's perpetual plaque, located in the Stoller Center's lobby.
Bonk will go down as one of the top golfers in school history after winning six of 12 possible Northwest Conference major tournaments and three invitations to the NCAA Division III Championships.
A four-time All-Northwest Conference selection, Bonk won the NWC Fall Classic by 12 strokes and took the NWC Spring Classic by four strokes. It marked the fourth consecutive time that he won the Spring Classic. Bonk fell just short of a sweep of the majors, placing second at the NWC Championships by one stroke.
A 2007 graduate of Hawaii Preperatory Academy, Bonk won seven of the 14 tournaments he competed in this season and finished second in three others. He was selected for one of five at-large invitations for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in his career, but was unable to compete because of a broken wrist.
Bonk finished 28th at the 2008 NCAA Championships, earning selection as the Golf Coaches Association of America's West Region Freshman of the Year. He was named a GCAA Division III All-American as a sophomore and finished in a tie for 20th at the NCAA Championships as a junior.
Vanoudenhaegen finished off an outstanding four-year softball career with selection to the All-NWC First Team, the NFCA All-West Region First Team and the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team.
The leader of the Pacific outfield and the team's leadoff hitter, Vanoudenhaegen finished the season with a .429 batting average and set school records with 53 runs, 57 hits and 38 stolen bases. She led the NWC in stolen bases and stolen bases attempted (40), ranked third in on-base percentage (.510) and fourth in batting average.
A 2007 graduate of Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Vanoudenhaegen also finished the year ranked sixth among NCAA Division III players with 0.95 stolen bases per game and 15th with 1.33 runs per game. Her senior season was highlighted by an inside-the-park home run against George Fox on April 14, the first and only of her collegiate career.
Vanoudenhaegen was a four-time All-NWC selection, started 153 of 154 games and played in all but five of Pacific's games during her career.
On top of her athletics accolades, Vanoudenhaegen completed her senior season on the field while also student-teaching to complete her education degree. She was a student-teacher in classes at Patterson and Free Orchards elementary schools in Hillsboro.