Joe Meindl came to America from Germany in 1957. That was the same year Bernhard Langer was born in Germany.
While settling in Madison, Wisconsin and eventually moving to New Buffalo, Michigan, Meindl not only loved the sport of golf but also followed the career of Langer, who became one of the world's best golfers.
Meindl is now 81 and is a caddy at Lost Dunes in Bridgman. On Tuesday, during the Pro-Am Tournament at the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores, he got the opportunity of a lifetime. He got to be the guest caddy for Langer.
"Today probably the greatest day I've had on a golf course," Meindl says with his German accent. "We had a lot of common culture. I just respect him so much. I heard so many good things about him and I'm just happy to be around him."
Langer was happy to have Joe around too.
"It's pretty cool," Langer said. "To give someone a great day and it's fantastic. The shape that he's in and he's still caddying and he loves the game and he follows a bunch of players. For all of the guys he could choose from, he chooses me. I'm really honored and its a pleasure being with him."
Langer is coming off a major championship win last week when he took first at The Tradition. That means he has now won every senior major event except the Senior PGA Championship. If he can win this week at Harbor Shores, Langer would be the first golfer ever to win every single senior major championship.
He's had success at Harbor Shores. Langer finished in the top 5 in both 2012 and 2014.
Meindl won't be the caddy for Langer for the tournament itself, but it's doubtful Langer will have a bigger fan following him around later this week.
Langer will tee off at 1:40pm Thursday along with John Daly and Mark Calcavecchia.