Golf tourney has a technological twist

The New Hampshire High Tech Council plans to raise the excitement level of a golf tournament by allowing golfers to bend the rules a bit – or a lot. On Sept. 27, the first ever NHHTC Techno Golf Classic tournament will be held at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. Players are encouraged to enhance their game by stocking their golf bags with tools and toys that can make a ball go further and straighter.While rocket launchers and explosives are not allowed, pretty much anything else is.Devices can include illegal golf balls, such as bandits, desperados, or pirates, over-weighted drivers and face enhancers, “spin doctor” irons that use “Whack it Wax,” laser putters, and anti-slice tees.True entrepreneurs can bring their own game-enhancing invention.The only rule is that players must actually hit the ball with an object. In other words, tennis rackets, baseball bats, hockey sticks, even pool cues on the green, are completely acceptable.”We’re very excited to launch this new event and encourage those golf technologists out there to bring in their technologically assisted A-game,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC board and head of the committee planning the event.The scramble tournament will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 27, at Stonebridge. Foursomes are $600 each and singles cost $150. The fee includes coffee and snacks upon arrival, a lunch barbecue, many prizes and networking opportunities. Prizes will be given away for longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin, first, second and third place, last place, best technologically equipped foursome and grand prize hole in one. (Note that to win the hole in one, golfers will have to put away the toys and game enhancers and use their old-fashioned legal clubs.)The event also will feature a raffle, including a one-year membership at Stonebridge.To sign up, visit and click on the “Techno Golf” link at the top left corner of the page or call 603-924-8324. Sponsorships also are available for the tournament. For more information, visit the Web site or call the NHHTC.