Gina Maduri gave herself a birthday present two weeks ago.
That's when the Tonawanda High senior bowled her 674 scratch series in the USBC Youth Open Championships at Thruway Lanes. It came a day after her 17th birthday, which was July 14.
Maduri's score stood up until the end of the tournament last weekend and gave her the Division 1 singles championship. Her series included games of 213, 236 and 225 as she topped runner-up Wesley Edwards of Blue Springs, Mo., by seven pins.
"I bowled doubles first that day, and I stunk so I didn't think I would do so well in singles, but I found a line and I stayed with it," said Maduri.
As a freshman Maduri won the Section VI girls championship and has represented Section VI in four of the last five state tournaments. She made the team for the first time as a seventh-grader.
Maduri is also involved in drag racing. She is the points leader among the Tuesday night junior racers at Lancaster Dragway.
Gina's brother, Peter, 20, bowls for Canisius College.
"My brother has helped me a lot with my bowling. He's also the one who got me into drag racing. I enjoy racing, but I like bowling best," Gina said.
The inaugural Youth Open Championships, a nine-day tournament that was modeled after the USBC Open and Women's Championships, drew 1,897 bowlers from across the country and several foreign countries.
Twenty USBC Youth Open champions were crowned in four average-based divisions and an estimated $50,000 in scholarships will be distributed.
Cindy Carroll of Williamsville finished seventh in the Classic Singles at the USBC Women's Championship that wrapped up earlier this month. However, she may end up with a bigger prize than singles champion Tiffany Stanbrough of Oklahoma City, who collected $1,500.
Carroll won the 3-8-9 jackpot with 20 of a possible 27 strikes in the third, sixth and ninth frames of her nine tournament games -- singles (9), doubles (8) and team (3). Carroll has not received her prize check yet but last year's 3-6-9 winner, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, collected $23,000.