Created in 1984, The Ace of Clubs Races recognize the ACBL members who earn the most masterpoints (MPs) during club sanctioned events (excluding NAP/GNT qualifiers and STaCs) during a calendar year. Only black points are counted.
There are 15 race categories ranging from 0-5 MPs to 10,000+. Players are placed in a category based on his/her MP totals at the beginning of a given year.
The majority of units within D17 present each race category winner with a certificate honoring his/her achievements.
In 2011, The Ace of Clubs award was named after Helen Shanbrom, the most successful club player in ACBL history. Helen passed in 2013 at the age of 94.