Inducted in 1986
John Levinson
Born on December 31, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois
Education:
Chicago schools
Yale, 1936
Chicago Univerity of Law, JJD

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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