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Allen hopes for some winning karma

Beth Allen donated a kidney to her brother knowing it would change his life but the rising golfer never expected it to catapult her to career best form.

Allen will line up in the Royal Canberra Ladies Classic tomorrow with renewed confidence in her game after the best 10 months of her career.

The 30-year-old made the selfless decision to donate one of her kidneys to her brother Dan in March last year.

Not only did her act of kindness set her brother ''free'', it also helped her quit smoking and kick-started a successful run on the European tour.

Just seven weeks after surgery Allen was back playing and she recorded four top 10 finishes and a tie for 30th at the British Open.

Now the United States golfer jokes she needs to find another organ or body part to donate to keep her ''good karma'' and break through for a victory.


''I definitely believe in good karma, my brother never asked me to donate a kidney but I thought why not give it a shot if it was the right match,'' Allen said.

''Mentally [having the surgery] helped me a little bit because when I started I would always feel guilty if I wasn't out there on the course.''

Dan Allen was born with small kidneys and had a transplant 13 years ago, but his body rejected his new organs and two years later he started dialysis.

Juggling full-time work and 10 hours a day on the dialysis machine ruined Dan's quality of life.

After almost a year of tests, Beth found out she could donate one of her kidneys to her brother and didn't hesitate when asked if she wanted to schedule the surgery.

''I thought if I'm healthy and young enough, why not try to make his life a bit better,'' Beth said.

''He's doing great now and he totally feels free. He never used to be able to travel or anything like that.

''I get to travel the world and play golf, I have a great life. [Life] wasn't great for him so I did what I could.''

Beth hopes Royal Canberra will be where she breaks through for a victory.

The world No184 showed glimpses of her best when she fired a seven-under par final round at the Ladies Classic last year to finish in a tie for seventh, four shots behind winner Ashley Ona.