|In 1992 the 1st annual Kelly Demaray memorial pool tournament was held in memory of
Kelly Demaray, at the New Town Civic Center by family and friends. With 90 players
competing for a 1st place prize of $600.00 and a cue stick. The 1st men's champion was
Gary Johnson of Thief River Falls, MN.
In 1994 the 3rd annual Kelly Demaray memorial was held at four bears casino and lodge.
with a women's division being added. 1st women's champion: Robyn Keyes– New Town,
In 1996 the Kelly Demaray Memorial Tournament was renamed to 5th annual Four Bears 8
THE TOURNAMENT IS NON-PROFIT, AND IS RAN BY A VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MADE
OF LOCAL POOL PLAYERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY OF KELLY DEMARAY. THE 4 BEARS
CASINO AND LODGE IS A MAIN SPONSOR AND OVER THE YEARS HAVE HELPED IN
MAKING THE TOURNAMENT ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN THE MIDWEST. 100 PERCENT OF
THE ENTRY FEES AND RAISED MONEY IS PAID OUT .
Over the years the tournament has grown from 90 player and 6 tables ( borrowed from
local bars) to one of the biggest and most competitive 8 ball tournaments in the Midwest.
Players compete for a grand prize of over $4000.00 , trophy, and jacket. And with one of
the biggest calcuttas in the country today top players attend from around the world.
players included Mr. Steve Geller, Rory Hendrickson , Rob Mattson , Stan Tarangeau ,
Edwin Montel , Mike Massey , Dick Baertsch. Ga Young Kim, Tsin Huang , Bonnie
Plowman , The Minnow , Dave Martin , Kevin Cardinal , Steve Cherewyk Shane van
boening, Dave Gomez, Lee Heuwagon ,Tyler Edey , Mr. Tomm Rossman , Jeff Beckley,
John morra, Brandon Shuff, Stevie Moore, jeanettel lee, chip compton, joey gray, corey
deuel, warren kiamico, Shane McMinn, melissa little, mark haddad, nicole keeney, and
many more: check out our winners page to see all the past winners.