Originally Posted by bombmk
There are no excuses today either. And they have full responsibility today as well. Regardless of a the signature or not.
The only way to enforce it would be to punish the absence of a signature. A completely bureaucratic reason. It serves no practical purpose other than to train people in some behaviour that the rules are already, potentially, punishing them for not following.
All the rulebook needs to say is that the player is solely reponsible for turning his/her scorecard in and the scores on it. If the score is wrong, you want to punish the player extra for not signing it?
Requiring initials or a signature would prevent someone from heading up to tourney central with the card while you're cleaning up a short putt and turning in the card before you had a chance to look at it. I wouldn't have a problem with someone telling me the card got turned in before he looked at it and wants to check his score. If you sign it or initial it first then you clearly had a chance to look it over.