Sparknord has battled injuries for years, almost since the time she announced her arrival on the golf scene back in 2009 with a pair of wins on the Ladies European Tour. She earned her LPGA Tour card soon thereafter, and appeared a player on the rise. But injuries, especially wrist problems, derailed her. She got back on track temporarily with a win in South Africa in 2013, but the wrist problems returned.
While her golf career went cold, her personal life was heating up, however. Skarpnord, from Norway, met Australian touring pro Richard Green. They fell in love. He occasionally caddied for her in her comeback attempts.
And just a couple weeks ago they got engaged. They also just moved into a house on the golf course where the Victorian Open was played. Here's the truly remarkable thing, though: The Victorian Open has both men's and women's tournaments that run concurrently, and Green won the men's tournament on the same day Skarpnord won the women's event! Amazing. That was just a few days after Green made an incredible hole-in-one albatross.
So welcome back to the winner's circle, Marianne. Congratulations on the recent big news, both on and off the course, and here's wishing her extended periods of health from now on.