ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Going away to college is a difficult process for many.
That's why finding the right fit both academically, socially and in some cases athletically is highly important.
It didn't take St. Clairsville senior Seth Vannoy to find that fit once he stepped foot on Alderson-Broaddus University's campus in Phillipi, W.Va.
"I had looked at the campus layout on the Internet a few times and I made it one visit and it felt like home," Vannoy said.
Throw in the fact that the Battlers boast an up-and-coming golf program and it was clearly the right place for Vannoy to continue both his academic and athletic careers.
"All of the schools I looked at were smaller, which I felt would be a good fit for me," Vannoy said. "I liked the fact that the golf program is still new and that I could join the program and be a contributor as a freshman."
Vannoy signed his National Letter of Intent last week as the NCAA's early signing period got under way, meaning he can focus on the remainder of his senior year and prepare for the rigors of college.
"It feels like a weight is off my shoulders because the whole (college selection) process was tough," Vannoy admitted. "The decision was tough because all of the places I looked at would have been a great fit as well."
Before settling on A-B, Vannoy also gave strong consideration to Wheeling Jesuit and Urbana University.
Vannoy was a two-year letterman at St. Clairsville. He transferred into the Devils' program from Marietta where he played his first two seasons. His first season with the Red Devils, the team advanced to the Division II state tournament.
"I had a lot of great memories from my high school career, but the state tournament was what sticks out the most for me," Vannoy said.
This past season, Vannoy ascended to the role of team leader and the squad's number one player. He didn't disappoint, posting an average 9-hole score of 37.9. He was the Buckeye 8 champion and won a playoff to finish as OVAC Class 4A runner-up medalist.
Vannoy also advanced to the district as an individual.
During the course of the season, Vannoy posted a low round at the Belmont Hills Country Club of a 4-under 32, which is a school record for the layout.
For his fine season, Vannoy was named captain of the all Times Leader squad.
As he begins preparations for his collegiate career, Vannoy has already identified areas where he needs to continue to improve.
"My short game and my mentality are areas where I need to work the hardest," Vannoy said.
When he gets to A-B, Vannoy will become teammates once again with Adam Jeffries, who enjoyed a strong freshman campaign for the Battlers.
"It'll be great having Adam as a teammate again," Vannoy said. "Plus, I know a couple of the other players from the Callaway Junior Tour."
Seth, who plans to major in sports management, is the son of Ken and Lisa Vannoy.