Gavan Neil Levenson was born on this day in 1953. He is a South African professional golfer and golf instructor.
Levenson, born in Johannesburg, represented South Africa in the 1976 Eisenhower Trophy and won several major amateur tournaments, including the French and Rhodesian Open Amateur Championships of 1978. He turned professional later that year and joined the European Tour the following year, winning the Belgian Open and finishing 29th on the Order of Merit.
After two seasons in Europe, Levenson qualified for the PGA Tour. He spent four largely unsuccessful years there, recording only one top-10 finish when he tied for 4th place in the 1982 Greater Hartford Open. He returned to Europe in 1985, and although he consistently finished inside the top 100 on the Order of Merit, did not win again on the European Tour until the 1992 Open de Baleares.
Levenson also played on the Southern Africa Tour (now the Sunshine Tour) during the northern hemisphere winters. He won five titles in South Africa, including one South African Open Championship and one South African PGA Championship. He topped the Order of Merit in 1983/84.
Since turning fifty, Levenson has played on the European Senior Tour, where he has one victory, the 2004 DGM Barbados Open.