On August 4, 2021 during a ceremony at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame celebrated the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.
They inducted four new members, including three Grand Rapids area coaches—Ken Bokhoven, Don Lancaster and Brian Telzerow—along with North Farmington’s Bruce Sutton.
Telzerow, who 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, is familiar with Egypt Valley’s courses, as the club serves as the home course for Forest Hills Northern Boys and Forest Hills Eastern Girls golf teams.
Telzerow 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 was named 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 was also named 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 and now serves on the pastoral staff at Fifth Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Becky live in Grand Rapids and have a daughter Stephanie, and one grandson from his son Evan and wife Kelsey.
Join us in congratulating Brian and the other three coaches being recognized this year!