Marianne and her boyfriend/caddie, Petter

Both players hit superb second shots to the green on the par-five 18th but it took three putts for Skarpnord to secure the victory.

Reid was forced to settle for her fourth runner-up spot in two seasons but is determined to make her breakthrough soon.

Skarpnord celebrated her win – and Norway’s national day – after friends stormed the 18th green and sprayed her with champagne.

“To get a win this early in the season is just great and now I can play Evian,” she said.

“Melissa and I both played well. We were even or one shot up, one shot down the whole round. She just missed a few putts around 13, 14, or something. I made a birdie on 16. It was hard work at the end, three putting there. The first putt I didn’t think was so fast but it was. I thought it didn’t matter if I make it or not, I can just put it close.”

With season’s earnings of €88,414.68, Skarpnord now leads the LET’s official 2009 Henderson Money List and earned 30 Solheim Cup points, taking her to eighth position on the European standings.

The Ladies European Tour now moves to Munich for the HypoVereinsbank Ladies German Open, presented by Audi, at Golfpark Gut Hausern. Courtesy of the sponsor, Skarpnord was one of the lucky players to be whisked straight to Germany in an Audi Q7.