July 16, 2005 Richard Roundtree, star of the original Shaft movie, admitted his foursome was not in competition for the top prizes at the University of Virgin Islands Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic Saturday, but said he won, "just by coming down here."
This was Roundtree's first visit to St. Croix and he has been kept busy. He attended the welcoming event at the Government House in Christiansted on Thursday. On Friday he said he was told there was all these "beautiful women over here you have to come." This was a fashion show at the Carambola Resort, presented by the former wife of Germane Jackson.
Roundtree said he did not know where the party was going to be Saturday night, but he would be there.
The Divi Carina Bay Casino was hosting a Celebrity Poker Fundraiser Saturday.
Proceeds from all weekend events are going to the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands.
Roundtree said the Carambola Golf Course was challenging. He said he really like the Par 3, 210-yard hole that he put it on the green on his drive during a practice round Friday. However, in the classic, "I missed the green."
Roundtree, speaking in the Carambola Club House, said, "There are a ton of good movies being made. Denzil Washington is making them. Samuel Jackson does not miss, except maybe for Shaft (a remake of the movie for which Roundtree is famous.)"
Joe Boschulte, one of the event organizers, said he was pleased that over 80 golfers participated in the event.
He said the event was working to connect to with the community, and sports clinic were helping make this happen. About 25 youngsters participated in a golf clinic offered by PGA Tour qualifier Tim O'Neal and 85 athletes took part in the clinic offered by current and former NFL players Keyaran Fox, Willie Gault, Steve Martin, Darrin Sharper, Fred Smoot, James Stewart Tim Walton and Stanley Wilson
Samuel Jackson who was supposed to be part of the weekend did not show. Roundtree said, "He is working."
At the poker tournament 5 percent of every pot will be donated by Divi Casino to the Foundation 95 percent will be awarded to the winner.
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