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Golfer's hardships prompt new outlook on sport

You might not have heard much about Beth Allen.

She’s been on tour since 2005, spending most of her career overseas in Europe, even being the first American player to finish first on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit in 2016.

But her career has been far from easy off the course. 

With all the personal hardships she’s endured over the years, it’s changed her approach every time she steps back on the links.

Beth Allen’s pro career has been a roller coaster of emotions. Shortly after her rookie year, her father Jim, who was her long-time coach and caddie, passed away from cancer.

“In the beginning it was tough," she said. "My dad was my coach and my caddie and when he passed away it was hard, but we powered through it,” she said.

Then in 2011, Beth found out her older brother Dan was in need of another kidney transplant.  After finding out she was a match, Beth didn’t hesitate to help her brother.

“He is my biggest fan and I’d do anything for him," Allen said. "So when I knew that I could give him my kidney I was happy to do it.”

The experience gave her a new outlook on the sport.

“Afterwards, I actually started playing really well," she said. "I think it was sort of one of those things that put golf in perspective for me. It’s not everything. It’s my job and it’s something I love, but it’s not life. And giving my brother a second chance at living a really great life was the best thing I could’ve ever done.”

It’s been seven years since the transplant surgery. Both Beth and Dan are doing well.

For Dan, he no longer needs daily dialysis, and when Beth is playing on the West Coast, he makes it a point to travel and watch her play at those tournaments.

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