Title: Birdie Buddy
Genre: Sports, romance
Production company: Group Eight
Director: Yoon Sang Ho (The Legend)
Screenwriter: Kwon In Chan
Broadcast network: tvN, every Monday & Tuesday 23:10
Broadcast period: 201-Aug-08 to 2011-Oct-25
Original writing: Manhwa “Buddy” by Lee Hyun Se
Birdie Buddy” tells the story of former pro golfer John Lee and how he leads two women to become the next golf queens. John Lee became the first Korean to win a PGA title. His background was a mystery other than the fact that he was an adoptee. Aside from golf, he also excelled in the Afro-Brazilian dance/martial arts style known as “Capoeira.” Even though he found success by winning the PGA title, John Lee stopped playing golf to become a golf course tester.
Min Hae Ryung was raised to become an elite golf player and was always placed in the best environment to play golf. Her emotions have always been controlled and she has a deep wound inside of her. In contrast, Sung Mi Soo is a country girl from Kangwon Province. She comes from a poor background, but her mom worked as caddie. With her bright personality and determined efforts, she attempts to become an elite golf player.
Sung Mi Soo is a happy and tough girl from a poor farm family in the rural, mountainous Gangwon Province.
Mi Soo dreams of becoming a famous national professional golfer since she got an accidentally chance of touching a no.8 golf club when she was young as her mom was working as a caddy.
Since then, Mi Soo is fated to ‘walk on’ the road full of difficulties to conquer the world of golf. But then, she has to learn as well that there are no rules in golf that can be applied in the game of love as she got into a triangular love relationship with John Lee, the charismatic PGA cup holder and Min Hae Ryung, the heiress of World Golf Resort who has both talent and beauty.
John Lee is a Korean orphan who is adopted to America since he was young.He is the first Korean PGA cup holder who is known for his mysterious golf skills but he quits golfing suddenly to become a golf course tester all around the world whom no one knows when he will appear or disappear. However his appearance in the golf resort own by Min Hae Ryung’s family makes the rivalry between Min Hae Ryung and Sung Mi Soo intensify as he brings them closer to their dreams of becoming the golfing queen.
Min Hae Ryung is a beautiful female golfer who is talented in golfing and is the heiress of World Golf Resort.
She was raised in the best environment that was provided for the life of elite golfers and her skills are as good as a living textbook of golf.
Although she has been the envy of lots of people because of her beauty and intellect , she carries a deep wound in her heart and is also the subject of compassion.
Min Se Hwa is a single mother who raised her daughter, Hae Ryung single-handedly. As the acting chairman of the golf resort that she has inherited from her father, she is known for being an iron lady that is both resourceful and charismatic. She tries to gain control even in her own family despite her grown daughter’s fierce resistance towards her life management.
Jo Kyung Suk (Mi Soo’s mother). She lives together with her husband and daughter in the mountainous Gangwon Province where her husband used to work as a coal-miner. She works as a caddy to provide income for their family and ended up inspiring Mi Soo’s dream of becoming a national golfer when she lets her touch a golf club.
Lee Tae Gab (Mi Soo’s brother) grew up under the pain of not getting the attentions of his parents although he is the only son in the family. He became known as a neighborhood gangster upon graduating from school despite his dreams in music. He began to take a liking to Gong Suk when he learns that she has a crush on him.
Lee Gong Suk has been best of friends with Mi Soo ever since pre-school. Being a loyal friend, Gong Suk became Mi Soo’s caddy when Mi Soo began to enter the world of professional golf. Gong Suk is rather friendly and chatty although she is clumsy as well.
Credit : Soompi
UEE as Sung Mi Soo
Jin Ji Hee as Mi Soo (child)
Lee Yong Woo as John Lee
Lee Da Hee as Min Hae Ryung
Yoon Yoo Sun as Jo Kyung Suk (Mi Soo’s mother)
Oh Hyun Kyung as Min Se Hwa (Hae Ryung’s mother)
Yoo In Na as Lee Gong Sook (Mi Soo’s friend)
Park Han Bi as Sung Tae Gab (Mi Soo’s brother)
Yang Hee Kyung as Uhm Jung Ran
Kim Jong Jin as Woo Joon Mo
Lee Byung Joon as Sung Kyung Hwan
Yoon Gi Won
Park Sung Woong as Choi Dong Kwan
Kim Jung Hak
Han Seung Hyun as Ahn Joong Ki
Park Young Rin as Park Eun Joo
Choo So Young
Kim Dong Hyun