NU Online News Service, Dec. 18, 12:48 p.m. – Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Minneapolis, has agreed to sponsor Tim “Lumpy” Herron, a professional golfer who is the son of veteran Wayzata, Minn., life insurance agent Carson Herron.

Tim Herron recorded 10 top 25 finishes during the 2001 PGA Tour season and collected nearly $1 million in official money winnings, Allianz says.

The sponsorship agreement calls for Herron to wear an Allianz logo hat and carry an Allianz golf bag during the 2002 PGA Tour season, Allianz says.

Herron is the son of Carson Herron, a veteran Wayzata, Minn., life insurance agent. When he was a teen-ager, he caddied for Robert MacDonald, who is now chief executive of Allianz Life.

“He was a fairly good caddy,” MacDonald said in a statement about the sponsorship agreement. “But, as he would constantly mock and ridicule my golf game, I was never inclined to tip him.”

Tim Herron responded with a statement of his own emphasizing the agony of watching MacDonald swing a golf club.

“But to be associated with Allianz Life encourages me to accept the bad with the good,” Herron stated.

Allianz also sponsors PGA Tour professional Brett Quigley and Senior PGA Tour professionals Dana Quigley, Vicente Fernandez and Tom Shaw.

Allianz is the title sponsor of the Senior PGA Tour Allianz Championship tournaments, which are held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Allianz Life is a unit of Allianz A.G., Munich.