PBA Spare Shots: PBA Bowling Challenge to Sponsor Viper Championship

by Bill Vint September 26, 2013 08:14

The popular PBA Bowling Challenge Game, created by Concrete Software for use on mobile devices, will be presenting sponsor for the Viper Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling V. The sponsorship will help celebrate the game’s popularity and continued growth.

The PBA Bowling Challenge has just achieved a milestone, surpassing five million downloads on Google Play, and that’s before the game becomes available to iOS users (tentatively planned for late October).

According to Concrete Software:

● The PBA Bowling Challenge has 5.351 million downloads on Google Play, for Android devices;

● PBA Bowling Challenge currently boasts a 4.6 Star Rating (out of 5). It also was named to the Editors' Choice category, ranking it among “the best Android apps on Google Play.”

● In September, the game averaged 20,000 new users per day, 138,000 daily active users, and an average session length of 7.14 minutes.

● There are numerous virtual goods available to purchase within the game. To date, users are purchasing (on a daily basis): 29,000 bowling balls, 27,000 “Ball Charges” (the Bomb Ball is most popular), 30,000 Energy Refreshes, 1,400 Energy Upgrades, 500 Locations, 90 Oil Patterns and 680 Opponents.

After making its debut on Jan. 15, 2013, the revamped version of the PBA game topped one million installs 16 days later, becoming the No. 1 free sports game on Google Play.

To order the PBA game in a version to fit your mobile device, visit play.google.com and enter “PBA Bowling Challenge” in the search bar.

Qualifying and match play semifinal rounds of the Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, with the ESPN stepladder finals set for Saturday, Nov. 2. The finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


● The combined PBA West/Northwest Regional Players Invitational, the sixth and final regional championship tournaments, will be held Oct. 18-20 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The RPI, sponsored by the Sands Regency and presented by Roto Grip, will be webcast live, from start to finish, Saturday and Sunday on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo for more information. At stake is a $6,000 first prize, a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling V and a berth in the inaugural PBA RPI Finals which will be televised on ESPN.

The five RPI champions who have already earned berths in the World Series and RPI Finals are Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (South Region); Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y. (East Region); Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio (Central Region); Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis. (Midwest Region), and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (Southwest Region).

Casey Powell of Dallas, Texas, won five of his eight matches to finish with a 21-game total of 4,614 pins and claim his second PBA Regional title in the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas, on Sunday.

Powell rolled a 299 in his 19th game to close in on tournament leader Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas. Scroggins still took a 36-pin lead going into position round match, but Powell followed an open in the fourth frame with a string of six strikes to clinch the game and the title, 239-179.

Powell also missed out on a $1,000 bonus for the first 300 game of the event, offered by the host center, when he left a 7 pin on his final shot.

● Hometown favorite Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., posted a 6-2 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,661 pins Sunday to win the PBA Ten Down Northwest/West Open Presented by Motiv at Ten Down Lanes in Roseburg for a $2,000 prize and his 11th regional title. Smith defeated Corey Husted of Milwaukie, Ore., by 237 pins for the win.

● Top qualifier Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 222-177, to win $1,800 and his third PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Martinsville (Va.) Southern Open at Sportlanes Sunday.

● Closing out the month over the Sept. 27-29 weekend will be the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the Albuquerque Hammer Southwest Open at Silva Lanes in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Tyler Cacioppo Crohns and Colitis Eastern Open at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y.

The October regional calendar gets underway Oct. 4-6 with the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open in Hendersonville, N.C., and a PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest doubleheader in Junction City, Kan.

The Oct. 11-13 weekend includes the Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; the Ken and Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.; the Herbalife Central Open presented by Kevin Bostrom and Motiv at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich.; the PBA50 Milton South Open at Avalon Bowling Center in Milton, Fla., and a the PBA50 Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Elk Grove Village Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill.

In addition to the West/Northwest RPI and a non-champions event on Oct. 18 at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, the Oct. 18-20 weekend includes the Franklin South Open at Franklin (Va.) Bowling Center; the Conroe Brunswick Southwest Open at 300 Bowl in Conroe, Texas, and the Lancer Lanes Midwest Open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

PBA World Series of Bowling V gets underway on Oct. 25 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.


● Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-pro linebacker and PBA League Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits owner LaMarr Woodley will personally donate $500 per sack recorded during the NFL season to three charities serving disadvantaged youth in western Pennsylvania. Additional corporate sponsors of Woodley’s “Sack Attack” program will add to the money he hopes to raise for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, Heroes for Kids, and Prevent Another Crime Today. Woodley has a career total of 52.5 sacks. For more information, visit lamarrwoodleyfoundation.com.

● The second annual Ballards vs. The Big “C” charity event at AMF Euless, Texas, on Sept. 14 raised more than $45,000 for the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Cancer Services. The event was organized by Del Ballard Jr., a PBA Hall of Famer and manager of the PBA League’s Motown Muscle, and his wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, a PBA Women’s Series champion and manager of the PBA League’s New York City WTT KingPins.

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