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'The Bubba' more than a golf tournament

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Bubba Conlee Junior Golf Tournament wrapped up at Quail Ridge Golf course on Thursday. It was the 33rd year for the tournament started by Bubba Conlee's dad who wanted junior golfers to not only have a great golf experience but to learn some valuable life lessons.

Bubba was a senior at Germantown High School. He had just shot a 64 in practice round at Germantown Country Club. He was racing home to tell his dad, Larry Conlee, when he made the worst decision of his life.

He tried to beat a train.

The train clipped the rear of young Conlee's car. They say he might have lived if he had been wearing a seat belt.

Mike Kent has been volunteering at "The Bubba," as the tournament is affectionately called, for nine years. He says that these kids are all good golfers and they want to play well. Most of them are having a great time this week. He says it's an opportunity to celebrate his golf career, but also think about his life. He says it's a good message that they send to the kid

"The Bubba" is more than just a golf tournament.

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