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Hall of Fame comes calling for four Michigan high school golf coaches

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a golf ball on a field: at Tanglewood Golf Club in South Lyon, on Sunday, April 26, 2020. © Mike Mulholland | Mulholland | at Tanglewood Golf Club in South Lyon, on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame is adding four members in 2021.

Three Grand Rapids area coaches, Ken Bokhoven, Don Lancaster and Brian Telzerow, along with North Farmington’s Bruce Sutton, will comprise the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

New members will be inducted during a MIGCA Hall of Fame and Golf Coaches of the Year banquet to be scheduled later in 2021. All current MIGCA Hall of Fame members are listed on the MIGCA web site at:

The MIGCA Hall of Fame committee selected its Class of 2021 in December via a Zoom meeting. Meet each inductee below:

Ken Bokhoven, Grand Rapids Christian

Bokhoven served as the boys golf coach at Christian for 37 years and the girls for four seasons. His teams won over 70 percent of their dual matches (199-71) and played in hundreds of jamborees and invitationals, finishing in the top three numerous times. The boys won nine conference championships, three MHSAA districts and seven regionals, and in 2013, the Eagles won the MHSAA Division II state championship. He also took a team or individual players to the state finals 17 different years.

Bokhoven has been named MIGCA Boys District Coach of the Year, MIGCA Regional Coach of the Year and was the MIGCA State Divisional Coach of the Year in both 1982 and 2013. He has been a junior golf instructor at Cascade Hills Country Club and the First Tee and has been on the greens crew at Quail Ridge Golf Club for the past 20 years. He has coached football and basketball and coached track and field for 43 years. His coaching career has spanned 58 years. Bokhoven and his wife Wanda live in Ada and are parents of three children: Cheryl, who passed away in 2004, Vaughn and Laura. They have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Don Lancaster, Jenison

Lancaster served as the boys golf coach at Jenison 25 years and the girls for 15 before retiring in 2019. During his 40 seasons, his teams played in 797 dual matches and 88 tournaments, finishing in the top-four in 32 of those events. His teams won six Ottawa County, three conference, one district and two regional championships, and they played in six state tournaments. He had over 60 players named to All-Conference teams and has had several players continue their golf career in college and through the Ferris State University Professional Golf Management Program.

Lancaster was selected as the MIGCA Boys District Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Regional Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2019. He also was the MIGCA Girls Regional Coach of the Year in 2009. He has hosted over 60 invitational, conference, county and regional tournaments. He developed a coaching stats program used by many MIGCA golf coaches, was active in summer junior golf camps, the Jenison Boosters and Education Foundation golf tournament and helped establish two memorial scholarships given to Jenison golfers. Lancaster and his wife Marilyn live in Jenison. They have three sons, Brian, Scott and Eric and seven grandchildren.

Bruce Sutton, North Farmington

Sutton has coached golf for 29 years, including four at Hemlock and the past 25 at North Farmington High School. Sutton coached the boys for 29 seasons and girls for 15, and during his 44 seasons of coaching, his teams compiled a 272–135 dual match record, played in 263 tournaments, won 16 events and placed in the top-four in 84. His boys teams won nine OAA League championships, and his Hemlock boys won league and regional championships in 1985. His girls won four OAA League titles and were Oakland County Division 2 champs in 2011. His teams or individuals qualified for 14 state championship tournaments.

Sutton received the MIGCA Regional Girls Coach of the Year in 2019 and the Oakland County Division 2 Girls Coach of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2020. He has served on many MIGCA All-State selection committees, hosted district and regional tournaments, several Oakland County Division 2 events and the Farmington Boys and Girls Invite for many years. A retired teacher, Sutton currently works for Oakland County Parks at Glen Oaks Golf Club. He and his wife Debra live in Farmington Hills and have two sons, Sean and Chris and five grandchildren.

Brian Telzerow, Forest Hills Public Schools

Telzerow coached Forest Hills Eastern’s girls golf team to Division 2 state championships in 2010 and 2012 and the Forest Hills Northern boys to the 2019 state crown. He has been a golf coach in the Forest Hills Public Schools since 1994, beginning as the boys and girls junior varsity coach at FHN for five years. In 2004, he became the boys and girls varsity coach at FHE, where he has continued as the girls coach. He became the boys varsity FHN in 2006. During Telzerow’s 44 seasons of coaching, his teams have won 13 conference championships (7 girls and 6 boys); three district titles; six regionals (3 girls and 3 boys) and have played in 22 state tournaments (13 girls and 9 boys). His teams have played in 181 tournaments, winning 33 and finishing in the top-four a total of 93 times.

Telzerow has received the MIGCA Boys District Coach of the Year in 2011, MIGCA Regional Coach of the Year for girls in 2007 and 2013 and for the boys in 2014 and 2016. He also was the MIGCA Girls Division III Coach of the Year in 2012 and the MIGCA Boys Division II Coach of the Year in 2018. Telzerow is an ordained minister, has his doctorate and is a professor of Youth Ministry at Kuyper College. He and his wife Becky live in Grand Rapids and have a daughter Stephanie, a son Evan and one grandson.


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