Johnny Levinson for decades ranked as one of the finest amateur golfers not only in Maine and New England but also in the entire country.
A summer and voting resident of Kennebunk Beach most of his life, the Chicago-based linkster-lawyer competed in major tournaments from coast-to-coast along with ventures to Canada and Great Britain.
A Yale University graduate where he was a member of the Eli Golf Team, he won three New England Amateur championships, the first man to pull the triple and remains Maine's only multiple winner of the event - 1936, '37, '47 as he represented Kennebunk Beach's Webhannet Golf Club where he was a lifetime member.
His major titles also included the prestigious Tam O'Shanter World Amateur and the Tam O'Shanter All-American plus the 1948 Great Lakes Amateur.
All told, he competed in 15 National Amateurs, 5 U.S. Opens, one British Open, one British Amateur, several Canadian Opens and Western Opens (reached the semifinals in line tournament) and Amateurs, the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He won several senior tournaments in New England and the Mid-West and was always ready to play exhibitions for charity. With son John W., who was to develop into a crack amateur and budding professional, Johnny won both the Maine and Illinois Father-Son championships.
He holds the Webhannet course record of 62 set in 1953, breaking his previous mark of 63.
He was widely recognized as a prime authority on the game and many of his friends among the tour professionals would come to him for answers to their swing problems. He also devoted a good part of vast energies to helping young golfers.
Married to the former Elizabeth Winston of South Portland, they have a daughter, Elinor Hood, and a son John, who was accidently killed.
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