SYLACAUGA, AL (WBRC) - It was a special day at Farm Links Golf Course in Sylacauga as Alabama and Auburn fans gathered to remember Philip Lutzenkirchen.
June 29, 2014, is a day Mike Lutzenkirchen and his family will never forget, not even for a second.
“Philip’s with us, he’s just not here walking on earth but his presence is definitely known,” said Philip’s father Mike Lutzenkirchen.
It’s been almost five years since the Auburn tight end died in a car crash, but on Thursday, his family, friends, and golfers celebrated his life at the fourth annual Lutzie 43 Foundation Golf Invitational.
"It means the world to me to be here. Philip was a joy to coach, He's actually the first player I recruited when I got to Auburn as a coordinator, he was always so happy and positive, he never had a bad day," said Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn.
The Lutzie 43 Foundation's mission is to raise awareness for safe driving and making the right decisions.
"That's how my son lost is life. He always made good decisions, but that night he lost his life, he made some bad decisions and it didn't matter how good of a person he was, he's gone," said Mike.
"I have a 17-year-old and she's a pretty safe driver, but all it takes is one second of lack of concentration and awareness of what's going on for there to be a catastrophe and Philip is a prime example of that," said former MLB Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson.
The Lutzie 43 Foundation is partnering with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to promote the foundation’s 43 Key Seconds safe driving initiative.