2017 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs Award Winners: Carolyn Deatherage, Gina Martin, John Ramsey, Ann Carter, Lori Kiefer, Mac Becket, Sanford Hertz, Lou Goldsmith, Jack Barr, Barbara Sue Seal, Jim Weeks, Neil Stern, Jim Darvey, Irv Kostal and Bruce Ferguson
(L. to R.) Carolyn Deatherage, Ann Carter, Neil Stern, Sandy Hertz,
Mac Becket, Jim Weeks, Lou Goldsmith, Bruce Ferguson, Jim Darvey
The Ace of Clubs Awards were created in 1984 to annually recognize the top masterpoint winners in local club competition in 15 categories based on number of masterpoints held at the beginning of each year, from 0-5 up to over 10,000. Only black masterpoints won in ACBL-santioned club games are counted. In 2011, the Awards were named after Helen Shanbrom because of her exceptional performance in club games - she was the most successful club player in ACBL history - a Grand Life Master with nearly 19,000 of her masterpoints won at club games.