Wilmington native Jonathan Dineen has been selected as one of 11 finalists competing in Golf Channel’s national reality show, “Driver vs. Driver,” which is set to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 10 p.m. EST.
The show follows Wilson Golf’s quest to find the next great golf driver, shining a spotlight on sports innovation and the path golf products take from concept to pro shop in an all-new seven episode elimination style television series.
Finalists range from college students to former golf professionals and product designers. During the series’ first two episodes, the finalists pitch their concepts and ideas “Shark Tank style” to a panel of celebrity judges, including former Chicago Bears linebacker and avid golfer Brian Urlacher, two-time PGA TOUR winner and Wilson Advisory Staff member Kevin Streelman, former USGA Technical Director Frank Thomas, and President of Wilson Golf Tim Clarke.
Dineen, 26, is an industrial engineer with a determined work ethic. His driver design concept is called “The Wasp,” the concept for his senior thesis at Appalachian State University.
“Driver vs. Driver” will showcase the trials and tribulations of aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the chance to win $500,000, with the winning design hitting shelves in 2017 under the iconic Wilson Staff umbrella.
Viewers will get a look behind the curtain at one of the most iconic sports brands in history, Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Golf Channel cameras will give viewers a glimpse inside the company’s Wilson LABS facility, an expansive innovation center, that serves as a primary design and testing hub for its sporting goods concepts and products, including tennis, basketball, baseball, football and golf, among others.
Following the presentations, the judges will debate on which finalists’ concepts will advance in the competition. The series will take viewers behind the scenes as the advancing teams work with Wilson LABS – the innovation hub at Wilson – engineers to evaluate, critique, refine and test their concepts, all while the panel of expert judges evaluates the best concept that will help golfers perform off the tee.
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