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Bonk cements status as one of nations top golfers

Max Bonk's senior season at Pacific ranks him near the top of all Division III collegiate golfers

The statistics prove what those who know Pacific University golf have known for some time - Max Bonk was one of the best collegiate golfers in the nation.

Bonk finished the 2010-11 season ranked third among all NCAA Division III golfers in Golfstat's national rankings, which were released earlier this summer. In addition, Bonk's numbers ranked him 48th among all collegiate golfers - at all competitive - levels by the company charged to chart the nation's golf statistics.

The Kamuela, Hawaii, native and 2007 Hawaii Preperatory Academy graduate finished the season with an average score of 71.81 per 18 holes in 21 rounds played. Among Division III golfers, Bonk ranked third behind 2010 NCAA champion Tain Lee of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (71.26) and 2011 champion Chris Morris of Centre College (71.30).

Bonk was also just one of six non-Division I golfers to break the top-50 in Golfstat's list of top golfers among all collegiate divisions. Patrick Cantlay of UCLA leads the list with a stroke average of 70.49 per 18 holes.

Bonk's success during his senior season was hardly unusual. A four-time All-Northwest Conference selection, Bonk won the 2010 NWC Fall Classic by 12 strokes and took the 2011 NWC Spring Classic by four shots.

The Spring Classic win marked the fourth time in four tries that he had won the conference major. He fell just short of a sweep of the majors when he placed second at the NWC Championships by one stroke.

Bonk's performance earned him his third straight at-large invitation to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships, but he was unable to compete due to an injury sustained after the NWC Championships.

Bonk finished his Pacific career by winning seven of the 14 tournaments he competed in this season. His career accolades include a tie for 20th place at the 2010 NCAA Championships, selection as a Golf Coaches Association of America All-American in 2009 and selection as the 2008 GCAA Division III West Region Freshman of the Year.

With his collegiate eligibility finished, Bonk plans to continue to play locally while finishing up classes towards his degree in environmental studies in the fall. He has ambitions of playing golf professionally.

The 2010-11 Golfstat statistical reports can be viewed online at http://www.golfstat.com/stats_summary.cfm. Use the pulldown menus to select 'DIII' for the Division III list or 'ALL' to view the list of all collegiate golfers.